The PHL Venture is implementing innovative business models to increase adoption of post-harvest loss (PHL) technologies, while ensuring commercial viability for value chain and supply chain actors.
For instance, one of the proven PHL technologies is the hermetic bag, which can help reduce storage losses dramatically at household level, in comparison to currently used raffia bags. Demonstrations with targeted farmers have demonstrated the cost-effectiveness, productivity, and simplicity of using hermetic bags. Likewise, farmers showed high interest to adopt the technology.
However, to increase adoption rates and build demand for a sustainable market, innovative models must be developed in the value chain at certain entry points including: i. lean and in-time distribution of equipment from manufacturers to the communities; ii. cost-effective digital and analog extension services; iii. data gathering and management through digital technologies; and iv. micro-financing facilities for smallholder farmers to access agricultural inputs, including proper handling and storage equipment, among others.
Proven models will be scaled, and local knowledge networks will be created, building on partnerships with the private sector, governments, nongovernment organizations (NGOs) and other agencies of the United Nations.