A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the African Union Commission (AUC) and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) was signed on July 5 at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa. The MoU defines the areas of cooperation between the two bodies in support of regional capacity building to reduce post harvest losses. Indeed, there is an increasing acknowledgment among governments of Africa and the international development community that post-harvest losses (PHL) reduction and improved value-addition are important approaches to reduce food and nutrition insecurity. The objective of this project by the AUC is to fill some of the existing gaps through training of regional institutions, national government officials and development agencies in designing policies, strategies and investment programmes targeting PHL reduction. It also aims at identifying and implementing country level PHL reduction projects and the use of post-harvest loss assessment methodologies and PHL assessment tools.
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