Post-harvest technologies hold promise for Africa
Jun 2, 2011
Food insecurity is increasingly a problem in Africa and throughout the world. However, much can be done about post-harvest technologies that can aid in the improvement of food security, according to a new report from Webwire.com.
About $4 billion worth of food is lost each year due to lack of adequate post-harvest procedures.
"This lost food could meet the minimum annual food requirements of at least 48 million people" said Maria Helena Semedo, the FAO Assistant Director-General. "If we agree that sustainable agricultural systems need to be developed to feed 9 billion people by 2050, addressing waste across the entire food chain must be a critical pillar of future national food strategies"
Crop protectants and storage containers are among the ways that post-harvest technologies can be improved, according to the news source.
The global prices of food increased tremendously in recent years, and were tied to recent social unrests in the Middle East, according to the New York Times. Food security problems must be addressed as soon as possible as the population of the Earth continues to rise.