PHL In the News
March 2, 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.

Global

  • A special joint meeting between the United Nations Economic and Social Council, the UN General Assembly, the UN food organizations, and world experts aimed to identify steps to eradicate world hunger. High level UN officials call for successful cooperation among global insitutions, and examples of strong collaborations and partnerships are highlighted.
  • FAO and the CGIAR Consortium signed an MOU to form a strategic partnership working towards a food-secure future. The Consortium will advise FAO on agricultural research priorities and direct special focus on innovation and information-sharing, seeking to make new technologies more widely available to smallholder farmers.

Asia

  • India grain supplies are larger than ever with harvest about to begin for the sixth consecutive wheat crop to exceed demand. Wheat and rice bumper crops are competing for storage space, and the Indian government will face challenges in safely storing grain even despite efforts to export large amounts of grain.

Africa

  • This article argues for the need to include food safety in food security discussions due to the high occurence of aflatoxin contimation in staple crops such as maize, peanuts, and rice. The dangerous toxin develops due to inadequate storage, posing serious health risks for local consumers and inhibiting market development for smallholder farmers. 
  • The Rwanda Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources recognizes the need for proper postharvest management to minimize loss and maintain production levels. A task force has worked since 2010 to reduce loss of maize to a maximum of 5%, with losses currently declining from 30% in 2009 to 18.5% last year.
  • Equatorial Guinea made the first donation, of $30million, to the new Africa Solidarity Trust Fund. The fund aims to pool African resources to achieve regional food security. The fund will draw from stronger African economies and act as a supplement to international aid.

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Researcher Barry Pittendrigh is making an impact on the effectiveness of global extension services. Pittendrigh's project, Scientific Animations Without Borders (SAWBO), delivers information and educational materials to nearly 1 billion people around the world. Farmers have access to key info in the field and aren't vulnerable to the problems created by weak extension programs. Pittendrigh's team will develop a total of six videos focusing on reducing postharvest loss. View Pittendrigh's impact in this video

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