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Strategies to Address Mycotoxin Problems

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. http://www.donorplatform.org/postharvest-losses/virtual-briefings/1060-kitty-cardwell-strategies-to-address-mycotoxin-problems.html  

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Statement by IFAD President at the 6th Africa Agriculture Science Week and FARA general assembly

President Kwanze of the International Fund for Agricultural Development listed reducing postharvest losses as a current challenge to achieving continent-wide food security in his remarks on Africa’s opportunities in agriculture. Kwanze cited the decline of research funding as a faltering moment in Africa’s history of agricultural prosperity, and called for altering the lens of research […]

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Strengthened Partnerships Can Guarantee Food Security in Africa

Heads of States and Government of African Union Member States, together with representatives of international organizations, civil society organizations, private sector, cooperatives, youths, farmers, academia, and others adopted the Declaration to end hunger and malnutrition in Africa by 2025 at a three-day High Level Meeting hosted in Ethiopia. http://www.fao.org/news/audio-video/detail-audio/en/?uid=9980&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social%20media&utm_campaign=FAOnews&utm_content=ac&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social+media&utm_campaign=faoknowledge

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Growth in Crop Yields Inadequate to Feed the World by 2050 – Research

University of Minnesota, United States, researchers say crop yields are far below targets for 2050, after analyzing 2.5 million agricultural statistics. Looking at maize, rice, wheat, and soybeans, they found yield improvement grew between 0.9% to 1.6%, far slower than the 2.4% necessary to meet calorie demands. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/jun/20/crop-yeilds-world-population Report — http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0066428

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Prevention and Reduction of Food Waste

The European Economic and Social Committee released an ‘opinion on civil society’s contribution to a strategy for prevention and reduction of food losses and food waste’ after convening recently to discuss waste problems in Europe. The committee strongly urges that posharvest loss issues be raised to the EU level. http://www.eesc.europa.eu/?i=portal.en.nat-opinions.25955

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DuPont Value Chains Roundtable

In April experts discussed the role of the private sector in global agricultural value chains as part of the Dupont Agricultural Development Roundtable Series hosted by the International Food Policy Research Institute. The discussion can be viewed here. http://www.euractiv.com/development-policy/improving-global-food-security-r-analysis-528272  

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EU FUSIONS

Twenty-one actors from universities, NGOs, regulatory agencies, and knowledge institutes have committed to creating a more resource-efficient Europe by addressing food loss and food waste under a 4-year project, FUSIONS (Food Use for Social Innovation by Optimising Waste Prevention Strategies). FAO is a project partner, and is contributing greatly to the food loss discussion by developing […]

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Punjab’s Problem of Plenty: Bumper Wheat Crop But No Storage Space

A video on Punjab storage issues identifies diversatification of crops as a solution to ease capacity constraints. Farmers are not in support of this solution, however, due to the economic value of certain crops over others. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlJbh-8R6MY&feature=youtu.be

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discuss the Impact of Postharvest Losses in Africa

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation hosted a meeting in Nairobi to discuss the impact of postharvest losses in Africa. Research shows that $4 billion worth of food is lost each year, and reduction of just 1% could save $40 million annually. http://www.gatesfoundation.org/

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Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation hosted a meeting in Nairobi to discuss the impact of postharvest losses in Africa. Research shows that $4 billion worth of food is lost each year, and reduction of just 1% could save $40 million annually. http://www.agra.org/

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