PHL In the News
January 29, 2013

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 United Nations launched a new global campaign against food loss and waste last week. UNEP, FAO, and other partners announced the "Think.Eat.Save. Reduce Your Footprint" campaign targeted towards reducing food waste worldwide. The campaign is supported by FAO's Save Food Initiative and will focus on the consumer, retail, and hospitality sectors.
  • The German Minister of Agriculture and the head of FAO have called for responsible international investment in agriculture because of the potential to cut poverty and hunger worldwide. The two leaders urge the global community to develop guidance for these types of investments which will direct money towards creating stronger value-chains for farmers, among other benefits.


  • Leaders discussed Africa's potential to be a major contributor toward feeding the growing population at the recent AGCO African Summit in Berlin. Experts said if backward farming methods are updated, including how farmers grow, store, and transport their harvest, Africa could one day be a global exporter similar to how India and China transitioned into the global market.
  • Multinational seed company Dupont officially partnered with the United State's Feed the Future program in Ethiopia. The project aims to increase productivity of smallholder maize farmers by helping reduce postharvest losses by up to 20%, as well as increasing the use of hybrid seeds and improving seed distribution.
  • Morgan Stanley and the International Finance Corporation announced they will invest $7.5 million in a new Africa-based company, Eleni LLC, to develop agricultural commodity exchanges across Africa. Farmers will have more access to finance and price information with improved exchange networks.


  • Researchers at the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University in Coimbatore, India, have developed a device that will mechanically remove adult insects from stored grain as well as crush any remaining eggs, making the process of protecting grain from pest damage more efficient.


  • At the Global Forum on Food and Agriculture in Germany, experts discussed the urgent need to direct investment and aid efforts toward smallholder farmers. One example cited is that many farmers who don't have access to proper infrastructure experience postharvest loss. The Forum identified public-private partnerships which focus on smallholder development as crucial to global food security.

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Director Steve Sonka will participate in The Economist's Feeding the World, 2013 conference on January 30th. Dr. Sonka will serve as a panelist for the "Getting Tough on Food Waste" session with three global experts. The conference aims to discuss how to best collaborate across sectors in meeting future global food security needs.

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