The Crop Post-Harvest Programme (CPHP)is one of ten Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy (RNRRS) programmes that contribute to the United Kingdom Department for International Development's (DFID),www.dfid.gov.uk commitment to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It is unique amongst the RNRRS programmes in having embraced decentralization of activites to four Regional Offices: Southern Africa (Zimbabwe-Harare), www.cphpsa.org.zw, East Africa (Uganda-Kampala), www.dfidresearch-eastafrica.org, West Africa (Ghana-Accra), www.cphp-wa.org, and South Asia (Indai-Hyderabad), www.cphpsouthasia.com. The regional offices are supported and coordinated by the CPHP-UK central office,www.cphp.uk.com who manages the entire programme.
Originally due to run from 1995 to 2005, The RNRSS was recently extended by a further year to March 2006. This is largely to enable the new DFID research strategy, which will replace the RNRRS, to be informed by lessons learned by an evaluation of the strategy. Management of the RNRRS is outsourced (by a process of competitive tendering) to research institutes and management companies.
In pursuit of our work, there are hundreds of people involved in contributing to our research outputs in countries in sub-Sahara Africa, South Asia, the United Kingdom and other parts of the world. They include farmers, project staff, traders, entrepreneurs and consumers. Many of these work in very challenging environments to help poor households.