PHL In the News

May 7, 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 FAO Director General recently met with senior delegates from African nations to prepare for a High-level meeting in June between international leaders. Discussions occurred around the growing opportunities for ending hunger in Africa, which are due to advancements in political will, partnerships, and collaboration. Promoting rural infrastructure development was listed as a food security program priority action item.
  • Cross-sector representatives met in April for the first Food Security Futures Conference. Participants discussed how to accomplish the wide array of food security goals on the international agenda, and agreed that public and private research is essential. The conference produced a list of priorities, one being to develop better metrics for evaluating food systems.
  • On April 29, the United Nations launched the Zero Hunger Challenge in Asia and the Pacific, where nearly two-thirds of the world's chronically hungry people live. The Zero Hunger Challenge has five objectives, and one is the reduction of postharvest loss.

Asia

  • Silo bags are used in India as a solution to storage obstacles. According to one article, the benefits of silo bags over conventional silos or warehouses are their options for pay-per-use, easy start-up, reduced operational and labor costs, multi-tenancy, and reliability.

Africa

  • Tanzania policy markets action nodes (T-PAN) has proposed that the government develop a policy framework aimed at reducing postharvest losses based off results of a study carried out in in four districts in 2011. The study suggests farmers lose up to 40% of their crop to varying causes, and it looked at maize, paddy, and sorghum. The results have not yet been released. 
  • The organization Twin is training Malawi farmers on best practices to avoid illness and crop losses caused by aflatoxin contamination of staple food crops. Twin's initiatives align with a postharvest approach to food security, which addresses the safety and preservation of food already produced.

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Open Data for Agriculture

 

On April 29-30, 2013, G-8 leaders met in Washington, D.C., to begin the process of providing open data on agriculture to the international community. At the 2012 G-8 Camp David Summit, world leaders committed to hosting a conference dedicated to this mission. The conference produced many exciting outcomes, as summarized in a radio interivew with conference coordinator, Chief Scientist Dr. Woteki. USAID unveiled over 300 datasets now available at data.gov, and countries like the US, UK, Japan, and others announced their countries' respective action plans. These plans, which outline implementation steps towards promoting policies, investing in projects, and making data available, can be found on the conference website

 

 

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