Swaziland participates in the APHLIS by contributing data into the information system and benefits in a lot of ways, one of which is access to the the PHL calculator for further analysis of local data sourced at different levels such as Rural Development Area (RDA) and even smaller units to understand the dynamics of post harvest losses within the country.
What is APHLIS
APHLIS (African Postharvest Losses Information System) is a network of local experts in East and Southern Africa, backed up by a database and postharvest loss calculator, that together facilitate the estimation of annual postharvest losses for the cereal grains of the countries of East and Southern Africa, by province. To reflect the current high profile of postharvest loss reduction as a means of improving food availability in developing countries, the European Commission is investing in further development of APHLIS. The project was initiated and financed by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (MARS Unit). This will be the third project in support of APHLIS and so for convenience it will be referred to as ‘APHLIS 3’. Its official start date was 9th January 2012.
Swaziland, officially the Kingdom of Swaziland (Umbuso weSwatini), and sometimes called Ngwane or Swatini, is a landlocked country inSouthern Africa, bordered to the north, south and west by South Africa, and to the east by Mozambique. The nation, as well as its people, are named after the 19th century king Mswati II.
Swaziland is a small country, no more than 200 kilometres (120 mi) north to south and 130 kilometres (81 mi) east to west. The western half is mountainous, descending to a lowveld region to the east. The eastern border with Mozambique and South Africa is dominated by the escarpment of the Lebombo Mountains. The climate is temperate in the west, but may reach 40 °C (104 °F) in summer in the lowveld. Rainfall occurs mainly in the summer and may reach 2 metres (6.6 ft) in the west.