PHL in the News 
July 27, 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

  • Kenyan news sources report that despite a new disease affecting its maize crop, production will increase in the future due to rains brought on by El Nino. However, transportation infrastructure may suffer, hindering access to markets. The food insecure population is expected to increase as well.

  • The Australian International Food Security Centre is focusing on African countries, with funds of 33 million AUD to contribute toward food production projects over the next four years. The Centre is looking to collaborate with national and international partners, researchers, extension workers, in both the public and private sectors to improve smallholder African farms', markets', value chains' and social systems' productivity. 

Central Asia

  • Pakistan's PHL losses are between 40-80%, as compared to that of the global benchmark. Wheat is 20% lower and non-basmati rice is 40% lower. Experts are estimating that 15 billion rupees are required to uplift the agricultural sector.

East Asia

  • Feed the Future has published a fact sheet on Cambodian agriculture and PHL issues, illustrating its goals and target regions in the SE Asian country. (PDF)

  • The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (Unido) is urging Asian nations to reduce their PHL. This statement was made at a recent ASEAN meeting, in which Asian PHL has been estimated to be around 30% of yearly food production, and valued at about $5 billion. Rice in particular is plagued by rodents, which cause about 6% loss, about the amount 225 million Asians consume in a year. The Philippines, Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia, and Singapore are five nations that are unable to produce all the rice demanded by their citizens. 

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Media

An online discussion of Nigeria's PHL issues by GIZ Advisor Heike Ostermann and members of the Global Donor Platform was posted on YouTube, highlighting GIZ projects specifically. In addition, notes from the discussion illustrate how involved organizations are sharing knowledge and conducting outreach in terms of PHL information.

Opportunities

Philmech, the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization, is organizing the first-ever photo contest on Postharvest Loss Reduction in the Philippines, to celebrate its 35th anniversary.

 
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