The EfD Tanzania researchers participated in a two-day National Level Post-Harvest Management conference that was held at the Nkrumah Hall, University of Dar es Salaam from 8th to 9th November 2017. It was officiated by Hon Dr. Hon Mary Mwajelwa (MP), Deputy Minister Ministry of Agriculture.
The overall focus of the conference was to discuss pertinent issues and challenges on post-harvest management (PHM) as an important component of food security and industrialization in Tanzania. Ideally was to stimulate knowledge exchange among PHM actors; to provide opportunities to learn about on-going research and initiatives/programs in the field; and to build synergies through networking and finding opportunities for collaboration among PHM actors and inspire cooperation on research. EfD Tanzania researchers Aloyce Hepelwa and research associate Adolphine Kateka presented papers on Climate Change and Post-Harvest Agriculture systems: Challenges and Opportunities for Small Scale rural farmers in Tanzania. Martine J Chegere presented a paper on How economically effective are hermetic bags in maize storage: A RCT with small scale farmers - Innovative technologies, practices and strategies for post-harvest management and Onesmo Selejio &, Elizabeth Ngowi presented a paper on Factors Influencing Adoption of Improved Post-Harvest Storage Technologies by Smallholder Maize Farmers in Tanzania
The conference program featured the inputs from 10 speakers presenting their experience and lessons learned from PHM. Nine (9) research papers from academic and research institutions and four presentations from Nongovernmental actors. The audience of that conference came from government Ministries, Department and Agencies, and Non state actors, and community based organization, Private sectors; representative from farmer groups, research institutions and Universities that made a total number of 307 participants
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