PHL in the News

August 9, 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.

Issues of Loss | Projects | Technology | Reports | Awareness | Opinions | Related Articles | Conferences and Symposiums


Projects

  • Forum to focus on food loss and food security issues
    A three-day seminar on postharvest loss issues will take place as part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Taipei, Taiwan, in August. Organizers says the forum is a part of efforts to achieve a sustainable environment.
  • Strategies to address mycotoxin problems (VIDEO)
    The United States National Institute of Food and Agriculture National Program Leader, Kitty Cardwell, speaks in a Virtual Briefing on options to reduce mycotoxin contamination at preharvest and postharvest levels. Cardwell overviews challenges for mycotoxin management from farmer, consumer, marketer, and government perspectives.
  • Asia works on regional rice strategy to address changing conditions
    Rice exports from Asia continue to increase in line with demand from markets in Africa and the Middle East. The FAO, in collaboration with the World Development Bank and the Asian Development Bank, will develop a regional strategy that addresses production efficiency, postharvest losses, trade patterns, nutrition, and eating habits, among other topics. The report and its recommendations will be considered in March by the Asia-Pacific FAO member countries.

  • Technology and innovation aim at greater food security
    Kansas State University is home of the new Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum & Millet. In partnership with USAID, the lab will focus on finding new technologies and techniques for smallholder farmers to maintain and increase productivity in times of climate change.

Technology

  • How to prevent hunger in upcoming decades? Try precision agriculture
    IBM Chief Scientist says precision agriculture can help change the future of farming to feed a population of 9.2 billion in 2050. An IBM technology, Deep Thunder, can forecast future weather conditions and help farmers decide the best time to plant, irrigate, and harvest. Precise and predictive information can prevent losses in ways such as telling farmers which roads to avoid after heavy rains.

 Awareness

  • Harnessing post-harvest handling gains
    A trade specialist says the lack of observation of modern postharvest handling practices in Uganda is a serious challenge for the grain industry, which must ensure quality to remain competitive. Experts call for an enforceable grain policy to mitigate the physical and revenue losses incurred by poor practices such as ground drying and improper pest control.

 Opinions

  • Food security strategies need to focus on demand
    Public debate over the future of food security has spiked as comments made by Tesco CEO Philip Clarke and UK Global Food Security programme Professor Tim Benton raise concerns over availability and affordability of food in coming decades. This post echoes the message of Benton and others that food waste and food loss must be reduced as a part of an overall reduction of consumption of food in the West.

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 Conferences and Symposiums


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Feed the Future:
Growing Innovation, Harvesting Results

 

Feed the Future released its most recent progress report in June 2013. The report highlights several partnerships, impacts, and outcomes specific to postharvest loss reduction, including:

Training of 48,607 farmers in postharvest techniques, and constructing improved storage facilities that housed more than 14,000 tons of commodities in Rwanda in FY2012.

MOU signing between USAID and DuPont for an initiative in Ethiopia that targets 35,000 smallholder maize farmers, and expects to reduce postharvest losses by 20% over 3 years.

Partnering with the Millennium Challenge Corporation, which facilitates country-led requests for agriculture and food security related investments including postharvest infrastructure.

Investing in 13 postharvest facilities in Ghana in FY2012, 10 of which were agribusiness centers for the processing, storage, and marketing of grains.


Speeches, events, and other info since its release:

Special event
co-hosted by the Senate Hunger Caucus, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and USAID

President Obama's Global Food Security speech during his visit to Senegal
 
Interview with Tjada McKenna on Feed the Future's progress

 
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