Post-Harvest Loss: The African Union Commission’s Post-Harvest Management Strategy

Post-harvest losses occur both in quantitative terms, affecting food availability and nutrition security, and in qualitative terms, affecting the use, utilisation and availability of food. Apart from reducing the total amount and quality of food available, PHL also exacerbates already fragile and poverty-ridden rural economies by eroding income generation along the food value chain and thereby, affecting the
accessibility, as well as the sustainability, of food and nutrition security. Overall, postharvest losses have a tremendous impact
on the totality of food and nutrition security. Halving post-harvest losses from current levels will, therefore, have a tremendously
positive impact in reducing food insecurity on the African continent.