PHL in the News

September 20, 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 

  • Punjab rice millers warn FCI to clear pending stock on time
    Punjab rice millers and state procurement agencies are at a stand-off over the amount of paddy to be procured starting in the first week of October. Millers have resolved they will only lift as much paddy as can be processed through next March. Bottlenecks will occur as the two parties, both short on storage, solve the procurement gridlock. 
     
  • India's law to feed poor threatens to gobble up climate funding
    Some Indian government officials warn that funding previously allocated to programs set to combat the effects of climate change might be redirected to pay for Food Security Bill subsidies. Costs posed by the bill include food imports, establishment of systems and infrastructure, and regulatory and oversight personnel.     

Projects

  • Postharvest Loss Ideation Jam: U.S. Department of State
    On November 13, 2013, the U.S. Department of State will bring together food security experts, data experts, technologists, and stakeholders for a Postharvest Loss Ideation Jam (brainstorming session) to identify where technological interventions, based on public data, might lead to innovative solutions to address postharvest loss.

  • International year of family farming: reducing food waste among smallholder farmers in Kenya
    A research field study in Kenya carried out by international NGO, One Acre Fund, looked at the effects of technology interventions and providing training to farmers on postharvest loss reduction. Their study found that a combination of both methods coincided with significant increases in farmers' incomes. 

  • Chhattisgarh moots decentralizing of milling
    A village-level millers association submitted a proposal to the Chhattisgarh, India, state government on September 12 to entrust paddy milling work to village haulers, as opposed to bigger mills. The proposed plan would mean reduced transport costs and swifter lifting of paddy from open areas after procurement. 

 Reports

  • FAO assesses food waste impacts on land, climate, water, and biodiversity
    FAO released a report on the impact of food loss and food waste on the environment, in which it highlights "wastage" of cereals in Asia (namely rice) as a top hotspot. The study calls for better planning and addressing of postharvest loss in supply chains. 

  • FAO makes suggestions to curb global food waste (Full Toolkit)
    Alongside the report on the impact of food wastage on the environment, FAO also released a Toolkit report that outlines concrete examples of good practices for food loss and waste reduction, while pointing to information sources, guidelines, and pledges favoring food wastage reduction. 

  • Food act will raise a bill of $2.5 billion in storage build-up
    A report by Rababonk, a Dutch multinational banking and financial services company, states that the "implementation of the [Indian] Food Security Act will require an investment of $0.5-2.5 bn as capacity addition of about 22-32 million tonne (mt) will be required". Despite the opportunity, investors remain skeptical due to excessive government control and regulation of the industry. 

           

 


Opinions

  • Fully ready to implement food security: C. Viswanath
    In an interview on the implementation of the Food Security Bill, Chairman and Managing Director of the Food Corporation of India insists the agency will be adding enough storage to handle the full amount of grain subsidies, and that it is making "consistent efforts to keep damages to the barest minimum".

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 Conferences and Symposiums


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ADMI signs MOU with Chinese Research Center for Rural Economy


Farmer holding data entry book for RCRE survey

The ADM Institute and RCRE have agreed to a project that will develop strategies to reduce postharvest loss in China.

RCRE will conduct a baseline survey that focuses on examining the extent of postharvest losses of wheat in the storage, transportation, and processing stages in the major wheat production area of China. 


The Problem 

In early 2013, the Chinese government brought attention to postharvest loss issues along the supply chain and its significance in advancing food security

RCRE is a think-tank based in Beijing, China, that conducts economic analyses of issues relevant to China's agriculture and rural areas. This project is a follow up with the Ministry of Agriculture's request to conduct research on postharvest loss reduction.


The Survey 

RCRE maintains a survey network in 31 provinces that was started in 1985. With RCRE's impressive network, this survey will be able to reach various scales and levels along the supply chain.  

The survey will gather perspectives on postharvest loss from farmers, grain distributors, and grain processing companies.


More information on the project can be found in the ADM Institute's July Periodic Report

 
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