Discover causes of Post Harvest Loss in tomato production and provide recommendations to help reduce tomato deficit and loss in Nigeria
Nigeria is Africa’s second largest producer of tomatoes, yet the country still stands at a deficit, as loss occurs when tomatoes are transported from farm to market and even to table at times. Rockefeller and Pyxera Global have embarked on a multiyear project to help reduce this loss significantly and increase the tomato farmers’ livelihoods as well as the country’s nutritional and economic status.
DODO was tasked with understanding how loss occurred as tomatoes were handled from farm to market, and to come up with recommendations & solutions to curb these losses.
Recommendations given on how to handle Post Harvest loss in areas of handling and transporting tomatoes. Many of this recommendations are being implemented
We began by studying the different parts of the tomato value chain, from before product to consumption. From farm to table, we looked at key areas where loss occurred and the factors that were at play.
We studied farmers, sellers, basket makers, truck drivers, Government & Non-Governmental organisations that played a part in the value chain. We were able to discover the major causes of loss and design solutions to curb them.