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PHM-SSA Newsletter, August 2015
No 3, August 2015
25 August 2015


PHM-SSA Newsletter                                           No 3, August 2015
The PHM-SSA newsletter provides regular up-to-date insights on what happened in the project, highlights upcoming events and activities, new and worth -reading resources as well as relevant changes within teams and networks. Enjoy the reading!

What happened?

In Nampula province, Mozambique a writeshop to develop 4 posters on a) best PHM practices, b) drying technologies, c) metal silos and d) traditional improved silos was held from 10 to 13 August 2015, by HELVETAS and AFAAS. The posters are about to be finalised by a professional illustrator. Moreover, Sensitization meetings on the results of the studies were carried out in Nampula province, on 14 August 2015.

In Nampula, Mozambique, FANRPAN conducted a local sensitization workshop on food standards and norms and a writeshop to develop a range of sensitization material for policy work on local level, among others translating main findings of national policy studies into a language accessible to stakeholders at district level.

HELVETAS Mozambique started the cascade training of farmers in Cabo Delgado and Nampula and trained 58 (27 women) farmers. See first picture on the right below. Further, the experimental production of 3 types of metal silos (200kg, 400kg, 800kg) started in the communities and 5 community based artisans and 1 master trainer were trained in the production of the metal silos. See second picture on the right below.

Two fairs were held in Chiure, Mozambique during the visit of Mr. President of Republic of Mozambique and in collaboration with Ministry of Science and Technology. See third picture on the right below.

In Benin and Mozambique, workshops for the validation of 4 business models proposed for dissemination of PHM technologies were carried out. In both countries, stakeholders prioritized the cooperation between public and private organizations as the most promising way to introduce metal silos and other PHM practices to farmers in rural areas.

In Benin, participatory validation of triple bags, zero fly bags and improved clay silos are ongoing (43 farms, 148 trials).

In Benin a workshop on "good postharvest practices dissemination" was held on 14 and 15 July 2015, PHM RAS tools were further elaborated and a road map for their dissemination defined. The workshop was attended by producers, farmer organisations, local radios, microfinance institutions, craftsmen, post-harvest specialists, researchers, local elected officials, specialists in broadcast video, NGOs and staff of HELVETAS, FANRPAN and AFAAS See report attached to this newsletter.

AFAAS showcased the PHM-SSA project work in a number of events; 1) Conference on Post-Harvest and Agroprocessing extension in Hawassa, Ethiopia were the Ethiopian State Minister of Agriculture visited the PHM-SSA stall, 2) Annual Source of the Nile International Agricultural Show in Jinja, Uganda, where many international participants visited the PHM-SSA stall and registered to participate in the PHM ediscussions.

Upcoming EVENTS and JOINT ACTIVITIES

ALL: Please save the date! 1-7 November 2015: Joint review and planning week of all partners and both pilot countries, in Benin.

Showcase of the PHM-SSA project work at the Post- Harvest Management (PHM) / Food Loss Reduction (FLR) Workshop jointly organized by SDC and WFP, from 7 to 11 September 2015 in Jinja, Uganda.

The AFAAS Africa Wide Agricultural Extension Week will take place from 12 to 16 October 2015, Hilton Hotel, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The PHM -SSA project will hold a side event on the 12th October 2015, focusing on the role of private sector in delivery of equipment, and rural advisory services for post-harvest management. For more details, email to jegessa@afaasafrica. org or refer to the AFAAS website.

FANRPAN, AFAAS and HELVETAS Benin organize a joint "Week of Action" in Savalou and Boukombé - 24 to 30 September - by broad dissemination of PHM tools and results and awareness creation through radio broadcasts, fairs and local policy.

A similar Week of Action is going to be organized jointly by all partners in Mozambique by late Sept. / early October. Dates to be confirmed.

The Quarterly Planning Review with partners in Pemba, Mozambique takes place the 1st fortnight of September 2015.

The second round of e-discussions on the PHM e-learning exchange platform was re-launched after the first round which faced some technical challenges. The discussion on "Post Harvest loss Management improves after access to markets improves" is broken into three discussion threads: a) Does post-harvest loss management improve if farmer access to markets improves? b) Use of chemical preservatives to avoid loss of grain during storage, c) Warehouse receipt systems and post-harvest management of cereals and grains. The AFAAS team is doing an effort to engage more registered participants including the PHM consortium members to contribute to the discussions. Another round of e-discussions will be launched soon. We look forward to your active participation. If you did not yet register, please send your names and e-mail address to jegessa@afaas-africa.org. Moreover, the creation of a French platform is planned and will be led by the AFAAS team in Benin.

HELVETAS Mozambique contacted partners and other public and private partners in 2 provinces; MMI Steel (Kiboko), a galvanized metal sheet producer company, interested on promotions of metal silos and sheets for roofing. KIBOKO will cofinance some promotion materials as well as activities like radio programmes (see first draft of Agreement). GAPI Lda (Micro finance institution), COOSEN (input provider) were also contacted and willing to cooperate on the provision of inputs and technologies.

The first two policy briefs on national PHM policies in Benin and Mozambique were posted on the FAO CoP web page and the policy briefs are presently translated to French (Policy brief Benin) and Portuguese (Policy brief Mozambique). FANRPAN's website was linked to the FAO/IFAD/WFP CoP website on PHL. Moreover, the website will be announced through the SAVE FOOD Newsletter, issued in August or September.

The second policy brief developed by FANRPAN on frameworks for food standards and norms related to PHM of staple grains in Benin is ready for layout and submission to SDC for final approval (Final draft policy brief is attached to the newsletter). The same policy brief for Mozambique is in process.

New policy studies about gender roles and relationships in current PHM policies in Benin and Mozambique were commissioned by FANRPAN in July. The studies aim is to analyze current policies and legislation on gender and social equity in the countries that are relevant to PHM, in particular with regard to decision making, work division and sharing of benefits from PHM of basic grains between women/men, different age, ethnicity and other social groups. The studies shall identify relevant gaps in the legal frameworks and develop strategies how to improve them.

For the production of the planned didactic video on PHM of maize in Benin / WAfrica the Beninese NGO Songhai was mandated. The start of the video casting is planned for October.

Further, AFAAS Benin is developing a series of fact sheets (current in draft version) which are going to be shared soon.


To take note! - News on Teams and Networks

HELVETAS Mozambique
Mr. Célcio Barroso was recruited as new project officer based in Nampula. His contact information is celcio.barroso@helvetas.org. An agreement with MMI Steel, interested in the promotion of metal silos and sheets for roofing, was submitted for signature. A new PHM project, funded by SDC, is to be implemented in Cabo Delgado by INOVAGRO and first contacts were established.

AFAAS Kampala
Mr. Jerry Egessa, who supporting coordination of PHM project activities at AFAAS headquarters was nominated by AFAAS Secretariat for an e-capacities Decision Systems Matrix (DSM) training organised by the African Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA). This tool may contribute to tracking the demand and supply human resource capacities in agricultural research and development including PHM.

FANRPAN
FANRPAN in Mozambique was contracted by CEPPAGRI to develop a PHM
Strategy for Mozambique as well as by BOLSA de Mercadorias e INNoQ to
work together on food standards and norms.


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For further details, please contact: raphael.dischl@helvetas.org or tina.roner@helvetas.org


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