PHL in the News  
November 16, 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.

Global

  • The FAO predicts the balance of world cereal supply and demand will be tighter in 2012-2013 than in 2011-2012 due to climate effects. The US drought continues with over half the country suffering at least moderate conditions. Prices are projected to be high, though India stands to benefit. On Saturday, the Food Corporation of India will sell 6.5 million tonnes of wheat to bulk consumers to make room for large bumper crops. 

  • The Global Agenda Council on Logistics & Supply Chains identified improving supply chains as essential to global food security. The Council plans to investigate current processes with hopes of determining potential solutions, though notes the current lack of empirical data available. 

Asia

  • A Japanese NGO turned over postharvest loss facilities in the southern part of the Philippines, worth around $400,000 USD, which were constructed using Japanese government funds for the "Construction of Small-Scale Agriculture Facilities for Climate Change Adaptation" project. At least 9 other facilities have been constructed for crops such as rice, corn, and cassava.

  • Pakistan's agriculture department is promoting the use of relay-cropping to wheat farmers to help curb losses. The technique calls for farmers to sow their wheat within the standing cotton crop so that they meet the recommended sow date. According to a local official, wheat yields sown after November 20th see a 20kg decrease per acre.

Africa

  • Rwanda's Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) released new instructions for rice processing that formalizes national supply chain processes and linkages. The instructions mandate that only farmer cooperatives be allowed to sell and distribute rice to registered rice processing plants authorized by the MTI. 

  • Current estimates for crop losses after the Nigerian flood are at 1.2 million metric tonnes. The government's relief plan includes compensation to farmers and releasing 40,000 metric tonnes of food from its strategic reserve to affected families. 

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