RELOAD: Reduction of Post-Harvest Losses and Value Addition in East African Food Value Chains

RELOAD is a 5-year (2013 -2018) collaborative trans-disciplinary project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The project brings together a consortium of partners in Germany, Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda and is led by the Institute for Agricultural Engineering at the University of Kassel in Germany. In Kenya, one focus of RELOAD is on pastoral meat value chains, which is undertaken by the University of Nairobi (Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology, & Department of Food Technology and Nutrition).

In LARMAT, RELOAD is funding two (2) PhD research studies to analyze different possibilities to reduce losses and increase efficiency along the pastoral meat value chains. These studies are jointly implemented by the German Institute for Tropical and Sub-tropical Agriculture (DITSL) at the University of Kassel in Germany. The PhD candidates are registered at the University of Nairobi, Department of LARMAT (find more details at:



Raphael Lotira Arasio

PhD research

The Principal Investigator (Dr. Oliver Wasonga) for RELOAD’s Sub-project 6 Workpackages 4 & 5 leads the following research themes:

  • Assessing the Role of Stratified Livestock Production in Reduction of Post-Harvest Losses in Pastoral meat Value Chain in Kenya
  • Role of Livestock Marketing Associations in reducing losses in the Pastoral Meat value chain in Kenya“



Bulle Hallo Dabasso


College of Agriculture & Veterinary Science, University of Nairobi
African Dryland Institute for Sustainability , University of Nairobi