Project overview

WFP has launched the PHL Venture to support the scale-up of post-harvest loss (PHL) technologies by smallholder farmers in developing countries, in cooperation with public- and private sector partners, and local governments. The PHL Venture is implementing innovative business models to make PHL technologies and services affordable and accessible for farmers, while ensuring commercial viability for value chain and supply chain actors.

The problem

Adoption rates of post-harvest storage and handling technologies by smallholder farmers are low in developing countries, despite the proven benefits of existing technologies and services, leading to post-harvest losses of up to 40 percent of the food produced along the value chain.

Grains. Photo: WFP/Alex Lozan

 

The solution

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. 

Photo: WFP/Alex Lozan

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.

Photo: WFP/Alex Lozan
 

How our new business model aims to increase adoption of hermetic storage in Mozambique

Diagram of PHL business model

 

flag
4
countries
wheat
125,000
farmers
users
625,000
beneficiaries
The way forward

2020 to 2024 plans

Meet the team

Berguete Mariquele
Berguete Mariquele
WFP Mozambique
Adilson Mangueze
Adilson Mangueze
WFP Mozambique
Vincent Kiwanuka
Vincent Kiwanuka
WFP South Sudan
Benjamin Nzigamasabo
Benjamin Nzigamasabo
WFP Rwanda
Stephen Omula
Stephen Omula
WFP Zambia
Alexander Lozán
Alexander Lozán
WFP Innovation Accelerator PHL Venture Project Manager
Alex Chigoverah
Alex Chigoverah
WFP Programme and Policy PHL Specialist
Toshio Murakami
Toshio Murakami
WFP Programme and Policy Knowledge Management
Last updated: 31/08/2021