Agriculture Permanent Secretary JULIUS SHAWA says 30 per cent of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted along the supply chain every year.
Mr. SHAWA says about 1.3 Billion metric tons of food does not reach the consumer which could be used to feed about 1.6 Billion people every year.
He revealed that Government has prioritized five agricultural commodities which are maize, cassava, tomatoes, common beans and milk as part of its strategy to reduce post-harvest losses.
Mr. SHAWA was speaking in a speech read on his behalf by Agriculture Deputy Director for Crops ALICK DAKA during the post-harvest loss reduction project validation workshop in Lusaka.
And Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of United Nations Country Representative GEORGE OKECH says there is need to design phase two of the post-harvest loss reduction project which will build on the success of the just ended phase 1.
Dr. OKECH says efforts to source funding for the project are underway and Zambia is expected to continue participation in phase two.
He says phase two of the project will focus on implementing robust post-harvest interventions that will ensure the country achieves its post-harvest loss objectives based on the strategy developed in phase one