PHL in the News 
August 29, 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

  • The northern region of the Peasant Farmers' Association of Ghana has appealed to use 5% of its budget for building storage facilities, as a means to reduce PHL. The request occurred at a workshop entitled 'Expanding Farmer Access to Market and Storage Facilities in Northern Region', funded by the BUSAC Fund, Danida, the European Union and the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The workshop served as a platform for farmers and other agricultural stakeholders to discuss best practices in reducing PHL.

  • Ugandan small-holder farmers find collectives advantageous and profitable, while learning valuable postharvest and business skills. The Kapchorwa Commercial Farmers' Association (KCFA) has a warehouse and provides training to farmers, while improving incomes through using Warehouse Receipt Systems. The WFP Uganda Country Director has noted that over $600,000 in bank credit has been offered to the farmers. 

South Asia

  • India's National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development has loaned 32.38 crore to the Haryana government in order to build two godowns. The storage facilities will be built to have 74,000 MT in capacity. 13 villages will be able to store food grains in the structures, as well as reduce PHL to about 6 percent. The project will also create both non- and recurring employment opportunities.

East Asia

  • The Cambodia Postharvest Learning Alliance recently sponsored a forum on loan products and banking services in the rice postharvest sector. The forum included presentations on interventions for PHL, 'business plans for piloting technologies with stakeholders', and additional information on loan products and financial services. Attendees were stakeholders from all sides of the agricultural sector.

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