Elimination of post-harvest food loss would feed 1 billion more people by 2050—many of them across Sub-Saharan Africa, where food insecurity is the greatest. This means much more than just more food for more people; it also means increased nutritional security, greater resilience within food systems, and improved farmers’ livelihoods. At the same time, increasing demand for food in the region creates an unparalleled opportunity for the private sector to address this pressing problem.
In 2013, the Rockefeller Foundation recognized the potential to achieve positive social and economic impact by addressing the post-harvest food loss issue. Exploiting its own capability to engage a range of stakeholders, the Foundation's YieldWise model aims to create new norms and practices to support an efficient approach to local sourcing across Africa, motivating loss reduction across the supply chain.
Read the full case study below for Rockefeller's 7-year plan to decrease post-harvest food loss in Sub-Saharan Africa. This case study was authored by Kyle Muther, Senior Consultant, FSG.