PHL In the News
February 12, 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.


  • One UK academic claims there are strong links between potential water wars, land-grabbing, and postharvest loss. He argues food loss must be treated as a geopolitical issue, and that there needs to be more scientific research, funding, policy support, and awareness of PHL.
  • An expert interview discusses the danger of climate change to food crops. The worst case scenario includes a 20% loss of staple crops in coming years, which severely threatens global food security. 
  • U.S. Ambassador to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture gives six suggestions on how to ensure the effectiveness of future development work, particularly focusing on food security. Relevant suggestions include using best measurement and monitoring practices and targeting evidence-based interventions.


  • At a recent conference in Kenya, expert leaders discussed the urgency to reduce postharvest losses in Africa that currently total about $4 billion per year. Director of Markets of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) called on governments to invest heavily in postharvest loss reduction program and technologies.

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Institute Spotlight 

The ADM Institute will participate in an upcoming event hosted by the U.S. Department of State on February 19, 2013. The event, Food Security and Minimizing Postharvest Loss: Markets, Applied Research, and Innovation, will include panelists and participants from business, government, academic, and non-profit sectors. Director Steve Sonka will serve as a panelist during the event. Watch the live webcast or join the conversation on Twitter @keepwhatureap.

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