WFLO receives grant to establish African postharvest training center

January 21, 2011

The World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO) has received a grant of $31,325 from the U.S. Agency for International Development Horticulture Collaborative Research Support Program to carry out a program proposed by the University of California at Davis entitled, “Extension of Appropriate Postharvest Technology in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Postharvest Training and Services Center.”

WFLO will work with UC Davis, the University of Georgia, and the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology to implement a three-year pilot project to establish a Postharvest Training and Services Center near Kigali, Rwanda. Lisa Kitinoja, WFLO Senior Technical Advisor, will lead a one-year long intensive postharvest training of trainers program for 30 Africans from Rwanda, Ghana, Gabon, Kenya, Tanzania, and Benin, who will then work with the HORT CRSP project team to provide training to the women farmers and marketers in Rwanda.

“The project will impact positively on the livelihoods of our people,” said Mukantwali Christine of the Institut des Sciences Agronomiques du Rwanda/ISAR.