With support of it’s Innovation Accelerator, WFP is training smallholder farmers on how to use improved post-harvest handling methods, combined with simple but effective hermetic storage equipment. The equipment—which is subsidized—is both air and water tight, helping to guard against insects, rodents, mould, and moisture.
Participating farmers have so far been able to reduce post-harvest losses by up to 98%. Thanks to improved grain quality and the ability to hold on to their produce until prices rise during the lean season, they have managed to increase their income threefold and therefore significantly improve food security. For most farmers, the cost of buying the new storage devices is recovered within one harvest.
Properly used hermetic household storage units have the potential to increase food availability at the household level, and enable farmers to control timing of crop sales, improving household income.