PHL in the News 
July 11, 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

  • A project run by MicroEnterprise Africa is seeking funding via a charity-supporting online platform. The goal for the project is to build a warehouse to preserve Malawi subsistence farmers' harvest from insects and pests. The charity runs a farm, collects produce, and transports it to markets, and seeks to expand its resources through storage and a training facility.

East Asia

  • The Philippine's high reliance on manual labor as opposed to mechanization has led it to be among the least mechanized in Southeast Asia. Machines that are used are often inefficient and lead to high PHL, particularly in rice. Although the country has set a goal of self-sufficiency in this staple crop by 2013, farmers are reluctant to make the move to mechanization for fear of losing work. PhilMech, an agency attached to the Dept. of Agriculture, focuses on developing small-scale machinery for these farmers, and is already ahead of its equipment distribution schedule to qualified farmers'
    organizations. 

  • The Philippine Department of Agriculture is looking fore more private sector partners to support its goal of rice self-sufficiency by the close of 2013. The government is advocating work in grains handling and processing, farm services outsourcing, and increased drying facilities. An additional urge is for banks and financial institutions to invest in affordable and broad-based credit.

  • An article on the Korean-Philippine joint project to build rice processing complexes features the issues of Philippine rice PHL, as well as the impact of these new facilities. The article also examines future plans for vocational training centers.

USA

  • USAID is partnered with the Swedish government, Duke Energy, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the African Development Bank, and the U.S. Department of Agriculuture in the creation of a program called Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development, which addresses the barriers in development, particularly at the intersection of agriculture and energy. The program will give farmers access to clean technologies that will greatly improve their efficiency and energy usage throughout the supply chain.

Central Asia

  • Kazakhstan has announced that it has enough elevator facilities for the reception of the new harvest, with 221 companies providing grain storage services in addition to those owned by agricultural producers. The country has the capacity to store 23 million tonnes of grain. The government is offering food producers the option to build new or upgrade existing grain storage at the expense of the National Fund. KazAgroFinance has launched a new program called "Harvest 2012" to help small farmers acquire lease financing for harvesting and drying equipment.

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ADM Institute

The ADM Institute has launched a new version of its website. July's Periodic Report can be found here. Additionally, the institute recently published seven videos about its researchers and their projects to its YouTube page.

Report

The Brussels Rural Development Briefings: Addressing Food Waste in Times of Crisis meeting in June has published its resources guide online.

A selected paper for the International Association of Agricultural Economists Triennial Confernece in Brazil this year focuses on "Factors Determining the Adoption and Impact of a Postharvest Storage Technology".

An article analyzing the use of pull mechanisms in food security challenges, particularly in view of the AgResults Initiative launched by the G20 leaders, remains positive and hopeful for the results. It also examines a case study in Nigeria of similar nature.

Presentations

"Protecting Harvests - The Impact of Post-Harvest Losses in a Ugandan Context" was presented at the Rio+20 Agriculture and Rural Development Day by a member of the World Farmers Organisation.

 
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