PHL In the News

April 19, 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

  • At a high-level meeting on the post-2015 MDG strategy, FAO Director-General Graziano de Silva stated that national leadership from governments is crucial in assuring that food systems are "more efficient and equitable".
  • Twenty-one actors from universities, NGOs, regulatory agencies, and knowledge institutes have committed to creating a more resource-efficient Europe by addressing food loss and food waste under a 4-year project, FUSIONS (Food Use for Social Innovation by Optimising Waste Prevention Strategies). FAO is a project partner, and is contributing greatly to the food loss discussion by developing a plan for loss assessment, as well as hosting an open e-consultation to receive comments, suggestions, and critiques of their proposal from stakeholders worldwide.

Americas

Africa

  • The Ministry of Food and Agriculture of Ghana has promoted Farmer Based Organizations as an avenue to success in their plans for modernizing the rural sector. The plan will focus on strengthening value chains, and will involve training extension workers in supply chain analysis and postharvest management.
  • The African Development Bank launched a multi-national project that seeks to improve the value chains of four important staple crops: maize, wheat, cassava, and rice. The project is led by CGIAR and is being implemented in 20 countries.
  • Experts at the recent Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program Partnership (CAADP) platform meeting unanimously concluded that the program's goal of achieving a 6% annual agricultural growth can not be realized without reducing PHL.
  • A high-level official with the African Union Commission spoke recently about the increasing danger of aflatoxin contamination for Africans. He reported that over 5 billion people in developing countries are at risk, and that 1 in 5 African males suffer from a disease related to aflatoxin contamination.

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This year's theme of the United Nations Environment Programme World Environment Day (WED) is "Think, Eat, Save", which is an anti-food waste and food loss campaign that encourages people around the world to reduce their environmental footprint by saving food. Exhibition activities will be held in Zimbabwe, and initiatives will be coordinated worldwide by WED planners and local actors. The wide variety of opportunities for engagement include registering a themed event, a blogging contest, social media campaigns, and others. Read more about this year's World Environment Day, and let us know how you will be celebrating!

 

 

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