Grain Post-Harvest Loss Prevention (GPLP)

Project completed
Dodoma, Tanzania © SDC

GPLP aims at improving food security and income of small holder men and women farmers in the Central Corridor of Tanzania by addressing major constraints in post-harvest practice, access to improved technologies and adoption, knowledge sharing and related policies. Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation is implementing GPLP using a market system development approach and working through multi-stakeholder partnerships with private sector and public organizations. This is the second and exit phase of GPLP.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Employment & economic development
Agriculture & food security
Vocational training
Tradepolicy & market system
Agricultural policy
Vocational training
01.11.2017 - 31.03.2020
CHF  2’200’000
Background Postharvest Losses (PHL) in Tanzania are high and contribute to loss of income and food insecurity. PHL ranges between 15 to 40% for different crops, but are of particular concern for grains and pulses, which form the base for food and income for the majority. Knowledge and awareness on Post-Harvest Management (PHM) among farmers remains low. Extension services do not often include PHM training and farmers’ access to technologies remains limited. Farmers and MSME’s face difficulties to access financial services, which could allow them to invest in post-harvest technologies (PHT) or expansion of business. While women are highly involved in the PHM process, there is a wide gender-gap in rural communities, with women being in a disadvantaged position in relation to men, in access and control over resources as well as in decision-making. The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MALF) has just come up with a National Strategy for Post-Harvest, which is expected to be launched end of 2017.
Objectives Reduced post-harvest losses in food grains in the Central Corridor of Tanzania and improved food security and incomes of targeted farming households.
Target groups

Primary target group: Smallholder farmers with a maize production area of 1-3 acres and producing enough grains to store;

Secondary target group:

  • PHT producers: 101 local artisans trained in metal silo production during Phase I and companies producing bags;
  • 32 Additional Agro-dealers: small-scale business owners engaged in agro-inputs business e.g. seed, fertilisers, agro-chemicals
Medium-term outcomes
  • Targeted smallholder farmers have access and adopt effective postharvest management practices and technologies
  • Postharvest policies and framework conditions are improved in Tanzania through implementation of PHM strategy and by-laws
  • Postharvest management stakeholders have access to information that enables decision making towards reducing postharvest losses

Expected results:  

  • Additional 129,500 smallholder farmers (men and women) adopt improved PHT
  • 32 Additional Agro-dealers becoming active in the PHM Supply chain
  • Smallholder farmers and other PHT market chain actors have access to finance for investment in PHT
  • National Platform (TPMP) and 8 District Forums are actively engaged in coordination and PHM policy dialogue and advocacy
  • Monitoring and Results Management (MRM) system is improved to be more effective for steering and learning
  • Lessons learned on PHM issues are capitalized,  documented appropriately and widely shared/ disseminated amongst PHM stakeholders

Results from previous phases:  

Outcome 1:Targeted Small holder households have better capacity to store grains

The adoption rate for silo reached 1,728 (15% of the target). A total of 25,631 farmers have adopted alternative technologies and improved practices, which surpasses the phase target by 16%.

Outcome 2: Sustainable metal Silo and alternative post-harvest technology markets are in place

GPLP contributed to the local production of PICS bags by 2 local companies. 81 artisans (77% of target) were trained to produce metal silos. 64 of them are currently active. 11 Agrodealers have been introduced to the business model

Outcome 3: Post harvest policies and framework conditions in Tanzania are improved

1 National Platform and 8 District Foras are established. Effective advocacy has influenced the MALF to come up with a National Strategy on Post-Harvest and to actively taking up a coordination role.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
Foreign academic and research organisation
  • HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation
  • Other Academic Research North

Other partners
ANSAF, Agro dealers, Farmers associations, small industries development organisations, development partners, central and local government and research institutions
Coordination with other projects and actors MALF, TPMP & district forums, GPFS SSA PHM Projects & COP, USAID-AGRA/RUDI; UKAid-Purdue University; WFP-Norwegian Church Aid; EU-Helvetas ; AMDT-Prospects; Equity bank and other MFIs
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    2’200’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    1’565’000
Project phases

Phase 2 01.11.2017 - 31.03.2020   (Completed)

Phase 1 01.10.2010 - 31.12.2017   (Completed)