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Heike Ostermann, GIZ Advisor for sustainable resource management and agriculture and member of the Platform work stream on post-harvest losses presents the draft terms of reference for a study on food losses in Nigeria. Watch the webcast of her presentation and the following online discussion with Platform members and partners from FAO, World Bank, SDC, NRI and others as they contribute their thoughts and knowledge on the subject of food losses.
Heike Ostermann, GIZ advisor for sustainable resource management and agriculture presented an overview of GIZ project experiences on food losses followed by an introduction to an upcoming study on the topic in Nigeria.
The presentation on the GIZ experiences in the field of Post-harvest losses and food waste started with a sophisticated graph highlighting the institutions working on the topic and their interrelations. As pointed out by Heike, such an overview helped to identify who was dealing with whom in a specific field, and therefore enabled collaborations. She moved on to briefly outline previous GIZ work on that topic and to stress that there were still many studies available, which would be also analysed with regard to the upcoming study in Nigeria.
A survey among GIZ projects shows that the topic of food losses is well represented in many ongoing projects in formal or informal ways in countries as diverse as Afghanistan or Vietnam. An upcoming study in Nigeria, conducted in collaboration with World Cocoa Foundation, would be embedded in a West Africa regional project called "Sustainable Cocoa Business".
Heike moved on to present the draft terms of reference (ToR) of a planned study titled "Reducing food losses to improve food security: analysis of essential agricultural value chains in Nigeria and recommendations for German development cooperation".
Beginning in August, the study aims to improve data availability and highlight options for further engagement in reducing food losses, Heike explained. She stressed that Nigeria would be a particularly interesting country for this study and that focus would be on cassava and maize as two of the most important staple crops in Africa.
The study consists of two parts:
As the preparations for the second part are still in progress, Heike concentrated on the first part, which will be conducted in collaboration with an external consultant. Among others, the following issues will entail:
After the presentation attendants from a wide range of institutions provided their feedback to Heike and shared their experiences on the topic of food losses.
Participants showed great interest in following up on this GIZ project. Many options for further bilateral exchange turned up as well as possibilities for potential collaborations in the field of food losses.