PHL in the News

July 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.

Issues of Loss

Projects

  • Sh45m for cereals warehouse (Kenya)
    The Kenyan government is constructing a large scale warehouse in Kanyekiini County, Central Province, to reduce postharvest losses. The project is expected to offer local youth employment opportunities and improve farmers' incomes.
  • Postharvest losses to be reduced with support of government (Ghana)
    Minister of Food and Agriculture Humado inaugurated a new representative body, the Conference of District Directors of Agriculture, that will provide increased attention to the needs of the agricultural sector throughout the country. In his address, Humado stressed a focus on reducing postharvest losses.

  • ROC assists with Guatemalan grain program (Guatemala)
    A Tawainese-funded project to update and improve the country's grain storage facilities was inaugurated on July 3rd. Having fallen into disrepair in recent decades, improvements to storage will increase availability of the domestic maize supply.

Awareness

  • President receives UN-FAO award
    President Mahama of Ghana received an award from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. His keynote address announced the theme of the 29th Farmer's Day, 'Reducing Postharvest Losses for Sustainable Food Security and Nutrition'.

    SEE ALSO: Agric minister advocates measures to reduce postharvest losses
    Minister of Food and Agriculture Humado points to initiatives involved in developing comprehensive government plan for postharvest loss reduction, including model warehousing and receipt facilities, and investment in transportation.

Opinions

  • Why the food security bill is good politics, bad economics (opinion)
    The Indian government passed the long pending National Food Security Bill as an ordinance. The controversial bill has incited much debate over the feasibility and impact of guaranteeing food grains to nearly 800 million Indians living in poverty. One question is whether the grain procurement and storage system can support the bill's execution.

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Institute Spotlight

UIUC ag economist uses GIS in Brazil to map storage problems


Photo Credit: Anamaria Gaudencio Martins

Brazil faces storage problems
Earlier this year, the Brazilian government announced it would allocate $12 billion to close the storage gap currently posing risks to record grain harvests. Some experts claim the shortage accounts for as high as 40% of total grain production.

ADM Institute research highlights solutions
UIUC faculty member and researcher of the ADM Institute, Dr. Peter Goldsmith, finds there to be a 34% undercapacity of soybean storage in the state. Goldsmith's project sought to determine the best, most convenient locations for increased storage. His team applied GIS mapping to the Mato Grasso, Brazil, storage system to highlight congestion points.

Impact on postharvest loss
This first-time application of GIS technology in the region has the capacity to provide quality information to decision-makers in the Brazilian agricultural sector as they address issues of postharvest loss. 


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