PHL in the News  
December 31, 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 global food industry is increasingly concerned about food loss and food waste as prices rise for the third time in 5 years and global supply chains grow more vulnerable. Private sector mitigation strategies include forming the Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWRA), establishing food recovery programs, and composting food waste. 
  • The FAO, Nigeria, and other African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) states formed a partnership against hunger and poverty. The agreement seeks to improve food security in part by developing improved food products and establishing stronger standards and marketing techniques, important components to combatting food loss. 

Africa

  • Ghana approved a US $19.1 million loan to alleviate poverty by increasing agricultural productivity and ensuring food security in farming communities. The Integrated Rural Development Project (IRDP) will focus on enhancing farming practices as well as marketing and distribution chains. 
  • A farmer's group in northern Ghana has appealed to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to provide them with postharvest reduction devices such as silo bags and better storage facilities. The group says farmers currently suffer "massive" grain losses without proper storage.
  • Kenyan farmers are benefitting from metal silo technology that protect grains against pests. Kenyan experts seek to scale-up the project after two years of successful pilot implementation. Pests are thought to cause up to 30% loss of Kenyan maize, the equivalent of about 162 million tonnes per year. 

United States 

  • The Wall Street Journal featured an article discussing the need to reduce food loss worldwide. The article highlights the distinction between developed and developing nations' problems of loss, and describes key interventions such as hermetically sealed bags, metal silos, solar-powered dehydrators, and food recovery programs. 

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Pests 

Pests pose serious risks to crops after harvest. Rodents, mites, insects, microbes and other pests ingest food products and reduce yield sizes. They also significantly damange yield quality by leaving behind contaminating fragments such as hair, pellets, and toxins.

Some estimates attribute pests as the cause of 10% of loss worldwide and from 10%-30% of loss in the developing world. Losses can be mitigated with proper storage techniques such as using metal silos and testing air moisture content once stored.

Read more on how pests cause postharvest loss here or view examples of mitigation technologies here

 

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