Value chain innovations: agriculture to nutrition (KB-22-002-010)

Project: EZproject

Project Details


Vegetables are a commonly recommended element in a
balanced diet, and a common part of the Nigerian diet. However, a year-round
availability of nutritious and safe vegetables at affordable prices is needed
for a sufficient and stable intake. Insufficient technologies during transport
and insufficient coordination between supply chain partners can result in
postharvest losses (PHLs) endangering this. In this project we aim to reduce
the PHLs in Nigeria of a case study vegetable: tomatoes. Tomatoes were
selected because they are the most consumed vegetable in Nigeria, have a
relatively high nutritional value, and PHLs are very high (estimates of up to
40-60%). We will analyse the effectiveness of reusable plastic crates
introduced in 5 tomato value chains in Southern Nigeria. For analysis of the
long-term viability of the intervention, we will develop an agent-based
simulation model. Results will be shared with the Nigerian participants and
laid down in a report.

Effective start/end date1/01/1731/12/18