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Gains from Losses of Root and Tuber Crops

Objective

Cassava and yam are important food security crops for approximately 700 million people. Post-harvest losses are significant and come in the three forms: (a) physical; (b) economic through discounting or processing into low value products and (c) from bio-wastes. This project aims to reduce these losses to enhance the role that these crops play in food and income security.

Post-harvest physical losses are exceptionally high (ca. 30% in cassava and 60% in yam) and occur throughout the food chain. Losses in economic value are also high (e.g. cassava prices discounted by up to 85% within a couple of days of harvest). Wastes come in various forms e.g. peeling losses can be 15-20%. Waste often has no economic value which can make processing a marginal business proposition.

South-south learning is a feature of the project – with partners in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Cassava and yam are contrasting in terms of their use and these differences will contribute to developing a comprehensive approach to reducing losses. Technologies and systems will be developed, validated, demonstrated and disseminated that focus benefits on small-holder households whilst offering increased income earning opportunities through SME development and links to large scale industry. These contribute to the comprehensiveness of the approach, and provide diverse learning opportunities and allow examination of losses in a wider food security context.

There are 3 impact pathways:
1. reduction of physical losses – focussing on fresh yams storage
2. value added processing reducing physical and economic losses in yam and cassava.
3. improved utilisation of wastes (peels, liquid waste, spent brewery waste) producing products for human consumption including snack foods, mushrooms and animal feed.

Cross-cutting are issues of food safety, enterprise development and practical demonstration.
It is aimed to validate technologies capable of reducing losses by an equivalent of at least 50%

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2011-5
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP-SICA - Small/medium-scale focused research project for specific cooperation actions dedicated to international cooperation partner countries(SICA)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF GREENWICH
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Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, Greenwich
SE10 9LS London
United Kingdom
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 763 630
Administrative Contact
Elaine Henry (Ms.)

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STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 263 374
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Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Peter Van Beem
UNIVERSIDADE CATOLICA PORTUGUESA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 218 519
Address
Palma De Cima
1649 023 Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Manuela Pintado (Prof.)
ACCORD ASSOCIATES LLP
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 91 800
Address
Teddington Park Road 111
TW11 8NG Teddington
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andrew Sergeant (Dr.)
SABMILLER PLC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 62 499
Address
Sabmiller House, Church Street West
GU21 4DB Woking
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Wolfgang Tosch (Dr.)
FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE ABEOKUTA
Nigeria
EU contribution
€ 386 300
Address
Alabata Road Ogun State
110001 Abeokuta
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lateef Sanni (Prof.)
COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH
Ghana
EU contribution
€ 350 850
Address
Agostino Neto Road 15
Accra
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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Paa-Nii Torgbor Johnson (Prof.)
FEDERAL MINISTRY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Nigeria
EU contribution
€ 74 800
Address
Federal Secretariat Towers Shehu Shagari Way Central Area
Abuja
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Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Wahabi Bolanle Asiru (Dr.)
NATIONAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT AGENCY
Thailand
EU contribution
€ 233 747
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Phaholyothin Road 111 Thailand Science Park
12120 Klong 1 Klongluang
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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Kuakoon Piyachomkwan (Dr.)
ST. BAASA GHANA LIMITED
Ghana
EU contribution
€ 34 860
Address
Techiman Road 60
Chiraa Sunyani
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kwabena Baah Dapaah (Mr.)
CALTECH VENTURES LTD
Ghana
EU contribution
€ 34 860
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Dr Tagoe Street 4B
CT4171 Accra
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Samuel Apau (Mr.)
VIEN CONG NGHE SINH HOC VA THUC PHAM
Vietnam
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€ 219 240
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Dai Co Viet St 1
Hanoi
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Kim Anh To (Dr.)
PEAK PRECISION PRODUCTS NIGERIA LIMITED
Nigeria
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€ 24 270
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Klm 16 17 Lagos Abeokuta Expressway Lala Village Abeokuta Ogun State
23401 Ibara
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ayo Olubori (Mr.)
NOBEX TECHNICAL COMPANY LIMITED
Nigeria
EU contribution
€ 32 360
Address
Vic Morak Street 15 Nobex Bus Stop
Lagos
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Adeoya Idowu (Mr.)
SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND IMPROVEMENT AGENCY LBG
Ghana
EU contribution
€ 24 270
Address
Bechem Kumasi Road B75
233 Bechem
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Other
Administrative Contact
Aziizu Issifu (Mr.)
NORTHEASTERN STARCH (1987) CO LTD.
Thailand
EU contribution
€ 35 034
Address
334 Charunsanitwong 68, Bang Phlat Sub District
10700 Bangkok
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anuwat Ruthaiyanont (Mr.)