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The African Postharvest Losses Information System (APHLIS) is the premier international effort to collect, analyze and disseminate data on postharvest losses of cereal grains in sub-Saharan Africa. In its next phase, called APHLIS+, the service will expand the range of crops covered and include estimates of the economic and nutritional dimensions of postharvest loss. APHLIS+ will also improve its interactive tools for accessing loss data and will expand its network of African experts.

The European Commission (through its Joint Research Center) was the main sponsor of APHLIS from its launch in 2009 until 2014. The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation is the key donor of the APHLIS+ project, running from 2015 – 2020, with the European Commission continuing to provide support.

APHLIS is supported by a network of agricultural experts from about 40 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Network members are asked to submit annual data on crop production and a range of contextual factors that may affect loss in their areas, including weather conditions, pests, grain drying conditions and the length of farm storage. APHLIS+ is led by the Natural Resources Institute in close collaboration with crop, value chain and information system experts that together form its core team.

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