Nigeria is among the largest producers of fruits and vegetables in the world, with its farmers cultivating a range of horticultural crops including tomato, leafy vegetables, citrus and pineapple. The value chain is however characterized by low production yields, high postharvest losses and limited processing.
Sahel engaged in a comprehensive analysis of the fruits and vegetables’ postharvest processes and consumption patterns through field visits and interviews with research institutes, producers, wholesalers and retailers, transporters, processors, and consumers. The study covered Kano, Cross River and Lagos states.
The final report analyzed the impact of seasonality on the availability and affordability of the different crops, defined consumption patterns across the regions, and the effects of processing on the nutritional contents of the commodities. The report also outlined the major constraints and opportunities at different stages of the value chains.