NUTRITION, FOOD QUALITY AND POST-HARVEST MANAGEMENT
ABOUT THE PROGRAMME
Beyond food security, poor nutrition has been identified as a major cause of diet-related health ailments. Access to a balanced diet is critical to improved health and a vibrant economically active population of Africa. The development of nutrient-enriched crops and diversification of crop portfolio holds strong key opportunities for enhancing the nutrition of smallholder farmer families.
Improved food quality is a key driver in Africa’s development as the continent is becoming more involved in regional and international trade to improve economies and increase farmer earnings. However, food quality and safety remain a huge challenge in Africa given that food contamination undermines trade and consumer health. Food safety management along food chains is a priority for us at AATF to prevent diseases and trade disruptions in Africa.
Post-harvest Management (PHM) is crucial to reduce loss in quantity and qualitative or nutritive value of the product to stimulate increased access of farmer produce to both local and international markets. PHM, therefore, aims at reducing the incidence of pests and diseases on harvested produce; minimize undesirable consumption effect on human health, reducing the negative impact on the environment and controlling internal deterioration or spoilage.
AATF PROGRAMME AREAS
Policy Environment and Public Participation
Market Systems for Commercialisation
Nutrition, Food Quality and Post-harvest Management
Mechanisation and Digital Agriculture
The relationship between poverty and improved livelihoods suggests that improving the present poor dietary status and living standards of poor farm families in Africa is hinged on strengthening their food portfolio for more crops with highly enriched nutrients while improving their capacities to become agripreneurs. We achieve our mission through reduction of post-harvest yield/nutrient losses and improvement of commercial food quality for enhanced market access implemented through the following approaches.
AATF is developing and advocating for use of sustainable technologies to build an agriculture sector that contributes to food and nutrition secure Africa. The foundation is particularly engaging in the development of nutritious, high yield crops and enhancing post-harvest technologies.
AATF is strengthening the agribusiness capacities of smallholder farmers and improving their access to markets so that they can enhance their earnings. The foundation works across a diversified crop portfolio that combines cereals, roots and tubers, legumes and horticultural crops, supporting farmers in building a diverse, nutritious food system.
We have also undertaken initiatives to develop regulatory frameworks that support food quality, ranging from the establishment of guidelines to meet international food safety for local and export markets, and registration of environmentally friendly technologies such as bio-pesticides to reduce food spoilage and contamination.
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