Webinar: Gender dimensions of Post-Harvest Losses: Insights from a systematic review

With approximately one-third of all food produced worldwide going to waste, particularly affecting low- and middle-income countries and perishable crops like fruits and vegetables, the urgency to address this issue cannot be overstated. Sustainable Development Goal 12.3.1's aims to curtail global food waste and minimize losses along production and supply chains.

Women comprise the majority of labor in harvesting and post-harvest processing, especially in the global south. Despite their pivotal roles, women farmers often encounter obstacles in accessing resources, knowledge, and technologies to mitigate post-harvest losses, a facet frequently overlooked in studies. In response, the CGIAR Gender Impact platform has commissioned a review to consolidate evidence on the intricate relationships between gender and post-harvest losses in agri-food systems. 

This webinar promises to unveil the findings of this review, followed by an engaging discussion featuring a women-led venture in the circular economy. Their innovative approach involves the valorization of byproducts from moriche palm oil production into nutritious animal feed. This not only reduces post-harvest losses but also provides additional income opportunities for women. Through their efforts, they exemplify the opportunities and innovations that can support women and reduce food waste simultaneously. Join us as we delve into gender equality and sustainable food security, unraveling pathways to reduce disparities within a rapidly evolving food system.


24 April 2024
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
(UTC- 05:00) Bogota, Lima, Quito, Rio Branco

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8:00 – 8:05 Welcome and introduction
8:05 – 8:15 Article presentation
8:15 – 8:25 Experiences about the Canangucha
8:25 - 8:35 Gender expert words
8:35 – 8:40 Opening of the discussion, initial questions
8:40 – 8:55 Discussion and questions from the audience
8:55 – 9:00 Acknowledgements and closing of the event



About the presenters

Káren Rojas


Is one of the leaders and the legal representative of the Asociación de Mujeres Rurales de Colombia y el Caquetá (ASMUCOCA), an association composed of 55 women who work for the social, family, and economic development of women and their families. This association is dedicated to production and utilization in four productive lines: chickens, pigs, fish, and canangucha.

Mónica Juliana Chavarro

(Alliance Bioversity-CIAT)

is an anthropologist with a master's degree in sustainable development. She currently works as senior research associate at the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT. Her main areas of work are gender, productive systems, food systems and participatory methodologies

Ranjitha Puskur


is a socio-economist specializing in agricultural innovation systems and gender. Her research is focused on mobilizing science and knowledge for innovation to result in pro-women and pro-poor developmental outcomes in Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and the Pacific. She currently leads the CGIAR Impact Platform Evidence Module and also the Gender and Livelihoods Research Program of the International Rice Research Institute.

Header photo credit: ILRI/Georgina Smith