The long awaited 3rd All Africa Postharvest Congress and Exhibition (3rd AAPHCE), is here! and hosted by the African Union Commission (AUC). The event is organized by diverse partners, including development partners, private sector actors, academic/research institutions, and civil society. Due to travel restrictions occasioned by the COVID-19 Pandemic, the 3rd AAPHCE will be a hybrid event with virtual sessions and limited physical sessions/activities at the AUC Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The theme for the 3rd AAPHCE is Postharvest Loss Reduction for Sustainable Food Systems. This theme is aligned with the 2021 call to action towards sustainable food systems. It is evident that food loss and waste reduction is critical in ending hunger in sustainable food systems. When 1.3 billion metric tons of food is lost/wasted annually in a world where 820 million people continue to go hungry every day, it is time to change how we produce and consume our food.