PHL In the News

June 4, 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.


  • Multinational processing and manufacturing corporation, Bühler, joined 'Partners in Food Solutions', an international nonprofit organization which brings private sector expertise to small processors and millers in the developing world. Buhler stands as the 4th corporate partner, among Cargill, General Mills, and Royal DSM.
  • The G8 increasingly emphasizes the importance of market linkages for smallholder farmers in Africa. International debates and conversations, captured in two recent reports, focus on 5 priorities for how markets can function better for smallholders. Several organizations on the ground are promoting a market focus, such as FANPRAN, Farm Africa, the One Acre Fund, and others.


  • The Kenyan agricultural sector is a global leader in ICT services for farmers. Technologies growing in popularity offer information and realtime updates, as well as financial services. With gains in innovation, developers still see the massive gap in postharvest IT support as a constraint.
  • Alfatoxin, a cancer-causing fungus, costs Africa nearly $750 million in export losses to the EU each year, and puts an estimated 4.5 billion people worldwide at serious health risk. A UK-based organization called Twin works with farmers in Malawi to raise awareness, share best practices, and build private sector partnerships to improve supply chain safety. 
  • The COMESA Regional Engagement on Post-Harvest Losses Management convened in mid-May in Zambia. The meeting of state and private sector representatives recommended examining sector/commodity policy, and a value-chain approach, with a stressed need for strengthening private sector and farmer organization value-chain platforms. 


  • As much as 1/3 of produce in Sri Lanka goes to waste due to inefficient transport and storage methods. Transportation lines have multiple handling steps, and time-pressured transporters lack training on handling. Crates have been introduced to replace bag storage, but government officials doubt their effective integration without a streamlined and integrated market system.
  • Inadequate storage for rice paddy leads to economic losses for rice mills in Punjab, India. Mills have the processing capacity to finish entire paddy harvests in 3 months, but due to lack of shortage, government manpower, and the slow movement of grain, it extends to 9 months. Labor costs and time bottlenecks hurt bottom lines of mills.

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Join the ADM Institute in Celebrating World Environment Day

On June 5th, join the ADM Institute in celebrating the UNEP World Environment Day. The UNEP states that global food reduction contributes to 80% of greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, 1.3 billion tons of food are lost or wasted each year. This year's theme, Think.Eat.Save., encourages people around the world to help lessen negative environmental impacts by reducing food loss and food waste. The institute will share information to raise awareness via social media.

Help spread awareness by sharing photos of how you reduce your food waste and loss via our Facebook page or Twitter using the hashtag #Eat2Save.


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