PHL in the News 
June 12, 2012 

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

  • Ghana is beginning the construction of a ten-kilometer road in order to reduce traveling time and help link farm produce to major marketing centers. The road is funded by the Government of Ghana from the Consolidated Fund and should be completed by December 2013.

  • The EPA has reported that Ghana's agricultural sector could be severely impacted by climate change if measures are not taken immediately. Most farmers are poor, small landholders and do not have knowledge of sustainable agricultural practices, technology, or how to properly utilize natural resources. Increased temperature has also led to increased pest attacks. Currently, the World Bank and the United States Agency for the implementation of the Ghana Commercial Agricultural Project are contributing about $145 million to address food security in the country, particularly with the goal of producing enough rice to feed itself by 2017.

  • Kenya's first National Science, Technology and Innovation Week exhibition featured an Antiflatoxin and Grain Prevention device that is 90% effective in preventing food spoilage in grains. Inventor Michael Makuthu used porous tubes, water, and table salt to provide ventilation and cooling in a sustainable manner and has 50 farmers already using his device.

  • Nigeria will be heavily affected by climate change, as agriculture will naturally decrease by 30% in 2030. Additionally, the rising age of farmers (from an average of between 55 and 60 to between 75 and 80) and 50% rate of youth migration to urban environments will cause additional issues. The government plans to increase food production through public-private partnerships, investments, and accountability.

  • Timor-Leste is receiving US$5.6 million in grant money from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) for poor maize growing household development. More than 30% of stored maize is lost to rodents and weevils, and the project aims to provide better storage technologies, facilities, and practices. Approximately 23,000 households will be impacted.

East Asia

  • The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the National Food Authority of the Philippines are pilot-testing a rice-hull furnace (RHF) in order to provide an alternative to sun-drying paddy, which is often delayed due to the wet season harvest and leads to significant PHL. Small-scale paddy dryers have not been adopted by farmers throughout the country due to the high costs of kerosene and thus the pilot-tested dryers have been made with the RHF adaptations, with rice hulls used as an energy source.

Australia

  • Temporary grain storage "igloos" in New South Wales, Australia, are being threatened by not only cold weather but also cockatoos. Opportunistic birds can contribute to sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars of loss, particularly at times when grain must be put into the temporary storage bags.

World

  • The 2012 APEC Ministerial Meeting on Food Security made a declaration on APEC Food Security, addressing PHLs through investment, adopting technologies, engaging farmers, creating better management practices, and improving infrastructure and logistical support.

Media

Course

  • Lost harvest and wasted food, a course offered through the Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation in The Netherlands, will be held from October 22 to November 2, 2012. Applications are due by September 15.

Conferences and Symposiums

  • 8-12 July 2012 - Valencia, Spain

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Job Opportunities

A position for research and methodology consultant for the Kenyan Post-Harvest Drying and Storage for Aflatoxin Prevention Project (P-SAPP) of ACDI/VOCA is accepting applications until August 4.

A grain postharvest specialist position has been opened at the University of Greenwich through the Natural Resources Institute. Applications are being accepted until June 22.

Positions for policy economist and agricultural economist at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) that will be based in Eastern or Southern Africa are open for application until June 15.

Papers and Reports

An abstract for The Household Metal Silo: A Helpful Technology for Food Security was posted on the website for the International Conference of Agricultural Engineering Conference and discusses its impact on PHL.

A report on the initial phases of a program on "Effective Grain Storage for Sustainable Livelihoods of African Farmers in Kenya, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe" (PDF) was posted on the website PostCosecha.com.

The abstract for "Postharvest losses in Africa- analytical review and synthesis: report of project inception workshop held at icipe Nairobi, Kenya, 24-25.04.2012" was published by The International Development Research Centre library. The full report is available upon request.

The International Cooperation and Development Fund of Taiwan published an "Appraisal of Haiti Post-Harvest Loss Reduction Program" (PDF). The report is mostly in English, with some Mandarin.

The book "Post-harvest Losses and Food Sustainability Challenges: A case study of rural maize farmers in Ghana, West Africa" was recently published through Lambert Academic Publishing.

A report on FAO's work in Zimbabwe's post-harvest management sector was published and states the major achievements of its program and efforts.

 
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