“According to a FAO report on global food losses and food waste, the food currently lost in Africa could feed 300 million people. The report also mentions that food waste and losses in developing countries occur at early stages of the food value chain, where constraints in harvesting techniques, finances and technical know-how exist. Further, 40 percent of losses in developing countries occur at post-harvest and processing levels, translating into lost income for small farmers and higher prices for poor consumers,” CIMMYT.
Value addition is the biological, chemical or physical transformation of a product or commodity in such a manner as to increase its value, to fill a market niche, to reduce production costs, or to improve an agri-business in any way the farmer may deem possible and good for their business.
A product may be simply processed or pre-processed on the farm to reduce transportation costs, to comply to regulations, to make it exportable or to simply improve its keeping ability in transit and on the shelf.
Any value chain actor may adopt some form of value addition of whatever they are producing or procuring and by so-doing, they will enhance the profitability of their operation-so in essence, value addition is meant to enhance the value of a resource. Water itself from a spring or borehole may be value added through cleaning, treating, flavouring and bottling.
In the face of climate change challenges, we will demonstrate various forms of value addition which farmers and other value chain actors may implement to remain profitable under these difficult conditions. Crop types will change, the way they are grown, processed, harvested, handled and even transported and stored will change as a result of climate change. Agriculture value chains will become modified for them to be sustainable and profitable. For this to happen, all value chain actors need to work together by assessing how their downstream and upstream counterparts are handling climate risks-thereby triggering a chain reaction of climate risk mitigation. A single farmer or seed breeder can not change the whole value chain’s climate change mitigation and/or adaptation strategy, it needs class action to be effective.
The OneAcre value addition list below will try to address climate change by delivering ready made climate-smart manuals which various actors may use to add value to various products on and off the farm :
Value chain actors should be able to use these manuals to improve existing or set up commercial enterprise, while accessing other vital information on the site about the enterprises and processes which they can integrate into their primary enterprise, to set up a viable and profitable agribusiness.
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