Edutainment: Reducing post-harvest loss

Smallholder farmers, retailers and wholesalers in Nigeria are being trained in post-harvest handling, storage, cooling and packaging of fresh fruits and vegetables to reduce post-harvest losses and improve food security. ColdHubs ‘edutainment’ outreach days, involving comedians, local DJ’s and dancers, are educating smallholders in food quality and safety through competitions, dancing, food spoilage demonstrations and a short lecture series on nutrition. The model is used, in particular, to demonstrate the effectiveness of cold storage in reducing nutritional loss of food over time, in comparison to foods exposed to direct sunlight. ColdHubs estimate that the edutainment model has so far benefitted 3,000 people, 70% of whom have committed to cut down on post-harvest losses.

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.