NAIROBI, KENYA – Food security experts from 15 countries openly discussed challenges and solutions during the first Africa Strategic Grain Reserve Conference on June 14-15, 2016 in Nairobi. The Conference, sponsored by the African Union’s Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA), GrainPro, the Schooner Africa Fund, ABT Associates and AGCO/GSI, brought together more than 100 participants from governments, development groups and the private sector to address food losses and aflatoxin problems, and assist grain reserve agencies throughout the continent.
During partnership dialogues, the participants agreed that postharvest losses and aflatoxin growth are the two biggest challenges to food insecurity in Africa totaling $4 billion in lost value annually. They stressed that establishing strategic grain reserves will have a positive impact on food security, disaster risk reduction, and in stabilizing food prices throughout Africa.
The partners recommended that governments, cooperatives and small farmers gain access to appropriate storage facilities and modern innovations to cut down food losses and prevent the proliferation of aflatoxin in food staples. One such innovation, Ultra Hermetic™ technology, for example, can implement cost-effective grain reserve systems that are easy for smallholder farmers and large scale producers to use and manage.