PHL in the News

August 30, 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

Issues of Loss 

Special Topic Issue 

  • Lok Sabha passes Food Security Bill
    The lower house of the Indian national assembly approved the ambitious and controversial National Food Security Bill on Monday, August 26th, 2013, after nine hours of debate. If made law, the legislation will legally entitle 67% of the population to receive subsidized grains under the Targeted Public Distribution System.

              
             Government assures minimum support price to farmers

  • 17,000 tonnes of grain wasted in 3 years 
    A Times of India report states that at least 17,546 tonnes of foodgrains were damaged between 2009-10 and July 2012 in Food Corporation of India godowns. The total food loss of foodgrains, fruits, and vegetables equates to nearly $7 billion per year, estimated to be able to feed 70 million Indians.  

Projects

  • Innovations for agricultural value chains in Africa
    The Meridian Institute received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a project that seeks to identify out-of-the box postharvest management and processing technologies. The project will focus on African maize, cassava, and dairy chains, and will involve organized meetings between innovators and key value chain players.
     
  • Government of Canada invests in technology to reduce waste in grain bins
    The Canadian government plans to invest nearly $300,000 in research focused on developing imaging technology to monitor the moisture levels in grain bins. The projects aims to reduce waste, increase the competitiveness of Canadian grains, and contribute to global food security via the application of science and technology. 

  • Course on food security & grain storage, Israel
    Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation and partnering organizations invite professionals to participate in a training course, 'Food Security & Grain Storage - Technologies and Management'. The course takes place from December 2-17, and is designed for professionals from academic and extension services.  

 Technology 

  • Running a farm business from your phone? (VIDEO)
    A Kenyan company has created an app that tracks deliveries from farm to market. The app, Agrimanagr, monitors inventory, supports mobile payments, and weighs out products with information on the cloud. 

 Reports  

  • The mud on their legs - farmer to farmer videos in Uganda
    USAID funded project, Modernizing Extension and Advisory Systems (MEAS), created eleven farmer-to-farmer learning videos in Bangladesh and West Africa about growing rice from to seed to post-harvest in beginning in 2003. This case study analysis describes what researchers observed during a return visit in November 2012. 

  • Exploring the promise of ICTs for women farmers in Kenya 
    MEAS performed a case study analysis exploring the role of ICTS in extending the reach of existing information channels in Kenya, and their ability to be used as a means to overcome barriers that currently limit women farmers' access to information. 

Awareness

  • Save food campaign Asia-Pacific kicked off
    On August 27th, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative Hiroyuki Konuma launched a new initiative aimed to curb food loss and food waste in the Asia-Pacific region. The campaign began with a two day High-Level Multi-Stakeholder Consultation on Food Loss and Food Waste, which will study causes and report suggestions for action steps. 

  • Focus on: building infrastructure in Africa
    This Farming First blog post highlights the urgent need to improve infrastructure in Africa, where less than 50% of the rural population live close to adequate roads. Authors point to better infrastructure as a key means to reducing postharvest losses.

 Opinions

  • Agriculture needs technological solutions 
    A former Kenyan government official remarks on Rwanda's progress in leveraging technology to improve agricultural productivity. The introduction of the East African Commodities Exchange (EAX) allows farmers access to trade and financing through use of electronic warehousing receipts. Farmers have greater access to markets, and postharvest losses are reported to have decreased by 5%.   

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 Conferences and Symposiums


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Innovation in Measurement: Perspective and Practice 

 
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Problem 

For those focused on prevention of postharvest loss, the lack of decision relevant data is an on-going frustration. 

Source

A fundamental reason for lacking data is that historically, given available technologies and techniques, the perceived cost of measuring postharvest loss exceeded the perceived benefits of doing so. 

Solutions 

In the ADM Institute's latest blog post, Director Sonka highlights a number of emerging technologies which offer the promise to reduce the data impediment, as well as lists three ways we must adjust our perspectives to best take advantage of these 21st century advancements.


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