PHL in the News 
May 23, 2012 Update

The following items have appeared recently in newspapers, blogs, on websites and other media regarding PHL and might be of interest to affiliates of the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss.

Africa

  • The recent G8 meeting resulted in pledges of promotions for investments in Food Security and Nutrition as a means to lift millions of Africans out of poverty. "The Rome Principle highlighted the need to invest in comprehensive country-led food security and agriculture development plans, also known as Country Investment Plans (CIPs)." The USA has been particularly focused on reducing PHL as a means of increasing farming-based household incomes in the continent.

  • In collaboration with USAID, the Ghana Grains Council will bring more warehousing receipt systems to the country in order to help farmers in securing loans while waiting for better prices on the market. This project will directly benefit about 3,000 farmers and processors through efficient grain storage and marketing. The project recently had proven success in projects started in 2009 in the Northern Region of the country.

  • The Kenyan Prime Minister urged Kenya to reducing PHL as a factor in resolving the country's food insecurity. About 17.5 percent of Kenyans suffer from food insecurity. Currently, PHL in Kenya exceeds the amount of food imports. 

  • In Ghana, the government's Venture Capital Trust Fund is funding projects on the production of soy, sorghum, and yellow corn, as well as building facilities to add value to crops and reduce PHL. The VCTF typically works with entrepreneurs of small- and medium-sized enterprises by aiding in the creation of business plans and providing funding for some projects but is now branching out to the agribusiness sector.

East and South Asia

  • Facilities for storage and processing are key to reducing PHL in the Philipines. The country is losing P30 billion worth of rice every year due to lack of facilities, a recent report by the Bureau of Postharvest Research and Extension stated. With inadequate drying operations, about 408,764 metric tonnes of milled rice, or 4.5 percent of the national production, is lost.

  • The Vietnamese agricultural sector's high growth of 5.5% as compared with other Southeast Asian countries has led to stable growth and the ability to combat poverty. However, the Mekong River Delta, which accounts for 32% of the country's farming land, is highly underutilized and unproductive due to outdated postharvest technology. Additionally, facilities such as warehouses and processing equipment are inadequate, and farmer adoption of helpful practices after workshops was extremely low, keeping the region behind at 3.6% annual growth rate. The article outlines potential strategies to improve the region's growth, especially in terms of PHL.

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Reports

Pioneer, the hybrid seed company, evaluates poor post-production techniques (PDF) in the Philippines as a major contributor to loss, despite the use of hybrid seeds. The author gives an overview of factors to consider and options for drying and storage.

CIRDAP recently published a project proposal online on the "Reduction of Post Harvest Losses by Improving Storage Methods and Technologies" in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The document includes background information such as definitions and case studies to supplement the proposal.

 
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