PHL In the News
March 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.

Global

  • The World Bank approved $89.4 million in credit to assist governments of Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia in establishing Regional Centers of Leadership for staple grains, and other projects to boost food and farm productivity.
  • The CGIAR Research Program offers a compiled report of the most authoritative research on agriculture and climate change. The report lists "big facts", visuals, and graphics on various topics, including food waste.

Asia

  • The Indian government faces falling global wheat prices as it looks to export bumper grain crops. Critics say India's prices are not competitive and there may soon be a need for an alternative solution to free up storage space.

Africa

  • Social enterprise efforts are positively impacting rural poverty in Africa by connecting farmers to markets. Organizations focusing on specific supply chain development activities promote economic growth and food security for farmers.

North America

  • A United States government official says solving postharvest loss requires investment and scaling up of technologies, as well as cooperation between sectors.

Europe

  • UK Global Food Security (GFS) Research Partnership collaborated with leading experts to produce a new report, "Global Food Systems and UK Food Imports". Key topics include the need for a better functioning supply chain, reducing food waste, and securing safer foods (Report PDF).
  • The European Organization for Packaging and the Environment claims reducing food loss and waste depends on the optimization of packaging. They have created a task force focused on technological innovations and solutions.

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The ADM Institute is dedicated to engaging students in its work as an information hub.

Throughout the academic year, the institute supports a variety of educational opportunities and efforts, including academic programs abroad. Currently, six undergraduate students from the College of Agriculture and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois are spending a semester at Njala University in Sierra Leone studying rice postharvest loss issues. The course is coordinated by agricultural extension expert, Professor Paul McNamara.

Students in Sierra Leone studying rice postharvest loss and farmer perceptions
UIUC and Njala University Students in Sierra Leone

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