PHL in the News 
June 22, 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.


  • The United Nations Development Program and the East Africa Community have joined forces to "boost food production, pursuit and income opportunities for farmers by advancing cultivation value bondage in East Africa." Sorghum, soy and dairy are of particular focus. Infrastructure challenges increases commodity prices

  • The Zambia National Farmer's Union has stated that Zambia's infrastructure, particularly roads, rail network, and storage facilities are factors in the country's food insecurity. The Union has called upon the government for more investment in this area, and that PHL could be cut by addressing production sites and transportation stages.

East Asia

  • The Philippines' Department of Agriculture recently conducted an evaluation of its AgriPinoy corn program. Its initial year focused mainly on cost-reducing technologies and new systems adapting to issues brought by climate change and catastrophes. The Agricultural Guarantee Fund Pool and Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation also will provide post-harvest facilities and processing machines to farmers. The program's objective is to achieve self-sufficiency by 2013. The program has already established 51 village-type post-harvest facilities, with 30 more currently under construction.

Rio +20

  • Agriculture and Rural Development Day was held on June 18th, and emphasized the importance of a sustainable food system within a sustainable green economy. Videos, program, learning events and more were featured throughout the day and can be found on the event's website.

  • The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance launched a report highlighting the needs for investment in agricultural practices at the Rio +20 Summit, entitled "Nourishing the World Sustainably: Scaling Up Agro-Ecology." It addresses traditional crop management practices, particularly as combined with ecological concepts and customized for local contexts, and makes a case for reduced pesticides, arguing that crops will have greater resilience and yields in the end. The EAA co-hosted the Food Waste and PHL Workshop on June 19th.


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Project Opportunities

Internships to improve operational efficiency in development organizations are available through the ILC Africa Internship Program on behalf of USAID and Africa Lead. Applications are due by June 21st.

The Ukraine Grain Storage and Marketing Cooperatives Project is seeking a consultant to provide technical assistance required to organize Ukrainian farmers into cooperatives. Proposals are due by July 10th.

ADM Institute

An interview with University of Illinois President-designate Bob Easter led to a discussion on water, agriculture, India, and the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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