Minimizing Postharvest Losses Among Smallholder Tomato Farmers in Ghana
The demand for tomatoes in Ghana is high, but farmers struggle to get their produce to market before it rots. AWARD Fellow Mavis Owureku-Asare wants to help develop community-based processing centers to prevent this.
by Mavis Owureku-Asare
Postharvest losses in Ghana are not just an agricultural marketing problem; they are a matter of life and death.
In Ghana’s Upper East Region, high rates of suicide are reported among tomato farmers who have lost their crops, their markets, and their livelihoods. Many can’t earn a living, despite the fact that Ghana is the world’s second-largest importer of tomato paste. Read full article on the Chicago Council’s blog site
AWARD Fellow Mavis Owureku-Asare is Research Scientific Officer at the Biotechnology and Nuclear Agriculture Research Institute, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission.