Ceres2030, funded by the Platform’s members, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), combines state-of-the-art economic modelling – that puts a cost on interventions to achieve SDG 2 (focusing on 2.1, 2.3 and 2.4) – with a series of expert assessment studies or evidence syntheses. In response to the increasing acknowledgment of the link between food loss and waste reduction and SDG2 as well as the urgent need to design effective policy interventions, one of the Ceres2030 expert teams, led by Brighton Muvumi of the University of Zimbabwe, is assessing specifically the issue of post-harvest losses (PHL). Under Muvumi’s leadership, the team is focusing on sub-Saharan Africa and low and middle-income countries of South Asia and currently scoping and mapping the existing evidence available from academic journal, international organizations, think tanks, and other databases to answer two central questions:
1) What are the interventions that small-scale producers and associated value chain actors can adopt and/or adapt to reduce post-harvest losses along food crop value chains?
2) What are the associated barriers and facilitators for adopting interventions that small-scale producers and associated value chain actors can use to reduce post-harvest losses along food crop value chains?
Despite the fact that there is a wealth of research available, Muvumi noted with dismay that many studies reviewed are too short-term to assess the true impact and too few included actual field-tested technologies.