Agriculture, Livestock & Fisheries Cabinet Secretary, Mr. Willy Bett, giving a speech during the official opening ceremony of the 1st All Africa Postharvest Congress and Exhibition at Safari Park Hotel.
The First Africa-wide Postharvest Food Loss Reduction Conference and Exhibition has officially been launched. The conference whose theme is Reducing Food Losses and Waste: Sustainable Solutions for Africa provides an excellent platform for researchers, academics, farmers, industry, development agencies, civil society and policy makers to learn, share information, build networks and partnerships with the overall objective of identifying effective interventions to reduce Food Losses and Waste (FLW) on the continent.
Speaking during the opening ceremony, the chief guest and Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Cabinet Secretary, Mr. Willy Bett, congratulated all the organizers, participants and sponsors of the noble event. He also assured that the government was keen to be a partner in such initiatives and pledged the government’s support in identifying effective multi-stakeholder strategies and policy interventions to eradicate food losses and waste in Kenya.
Being the first of its kind in Africa, the four-day event serves as a platform of raising awareness on food losses and waste through data and information sharing, identifying and disseminating effective and appropriate technologies and practices for food loss reduction in the African context, identifying postharvest skills and technology gaps in Africa’s higher education and extension systems and building networks and partnerships for resource mobilization and other activities geared towards food loss reduction.
World Food Preservation Center LLC (WFPC) in conjunction with the University of Nairobi have partnered with a consortium of Universities and Research and Development Institutions in Africa and the rest of the world in ensuring that the First Africa-wide Postharvest Food Loss Reduction Conference and Exhibition is a success.
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