PHL in the News  
December 4, 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 Global Adaptation Institute (GAIN) recently developed an index that assesses country readiness for various types of investments from public and private sectors. CEO Jose Daboub expects the index to help investors make decisions towards both business and social responsbility goals. Read more about why the index will be useful and to whom in a Devex interview with Daboub.

  • The newly formed Association of International Research and Development Centres for Agriculture (AIRCA) aims to improve food security and target the MDGs. Member organizations currently serve a total of over 60 countries and focus on the intersection of ecosystems, livelihood development, and environmental sustainability. 
  • A new report by CGIAR titled Climate Change and Food Systems: Annual Review of Environment and Resources describes why the environment must be directly addressed in plans to restructure and improve global food supply and distribution systems. The report also discusses how climate change affects smallholder farmers and gives suggestions for adaptive technologies, all important topics for postharvest loss reduction.


  • Cyclone Nilam caused over $310 million worth of losses in Andhra Pradesh, India, of which 94% was paddy and cotton. The state government is now working to secure relief funds and to make adjustments to crop loan and insurance schemes, although some believe the government was not adequately prepared to mitigate damages before they happened.

North America

  • The drought in the United States continues on and now threatens the hard, red winter wheat crop. Warmer temperatures may cause faster maturation, putting the crops at risk if temperatures do eventually drop to colder levels typical of winter months. Scientists from Iowa, a top grain growing state, said the drought demonstrates the strong need to plan for and reduce the effects of climate change. 


  • Stakeholders met in Gambia to assess the responses and aftermath of the nation's March 2011 crop failures. Participants, including the Gambian government and the WFP, agreed on the need to reduce negative impacts of droughts, floods, and other natural disasters, which are occuring nearly every year versus a typical rate of once every five years.

  • The Nigerian flood led to estimated crop losses of 467,000 hectares, approximately 1.2% of total cultivated crop area. The Minister of Agriculture has confidence the country will remain food secure given the government's distribution efforts.

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Issue Spotlight

Weather and Climate

Natural disasters, extreme weather, and climate change can cause significant levels of crop loss. Storms like Hurricane Sany and the Tamil Cyclone have flooded fields and ruined crops while hardhitting droughts continue to cripple major grain suppliers in the United States. A major challenge facing stakeholders of the global food system is to reduce postharvest losses aggravated by natural disasters as well as to enhance the system's efficiency worldwide to make up for losses which do occur.

ADM Institute Resources

Avoiding Future Famines: Strengthening the Ecological Foundation of Food Security through Sustainable Food Systems (UNEP)

Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must Be Avoided (World Bank)

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