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Animating extension: How Illinois researchers are using modern ICTs to impact society

By:  Kari Wozniak & Elizabeth Engele, ADM Institute True to its mission as a land-grant university, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a renowned leader in research, extension, and public engagement. Its long-standing tradition of making high-quality knowledge available to the public is enhanced by news ways of communicating and innovative technologies in today’s […]

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Firm Launches Sh8.7bn Fund to Stem Postharvest Losses

A $100 million initiative called AgResults has been rolled out in Kenya to stem postharvest losses. The project will work with entrepreneurs with the financial capability to develop cost-effective storage facilities and distribute them to the farmers. The project is funded by the UK, US, Australia, Canada, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. http://mobile.nation.co.ke/business/Firm-launches-Sh8-7bn-fund-to-stem-post-harvest-losses/-/1950106/1998356/-/format/xhtml/-/10361nuz/-/index.html

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Minnesota Workers Share Expertise Across the Globe

A Minnesota-based non-profit, Partners in Food Solutions, provides business and technical training to farmers abroad by matching food processing industry volunteers with businesses in developing nations. http://www.startribune.com/opinion/commentaries/224647761.html

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Bumper Crop Leads to Grain Storage Issues

Storage facilities in Saskatchewan, Canada have nearly filled with this year’s bumper grain crop, though some claim storage capacity never meets demand, bumper crop or not. Some farmers have resorted to on-ground storage. http://cjme.com/story/bumper-crop-leads-grain-storage-issues/133074

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Food Wastage in Cape Happens After Harvesting

Most “food wastage” in Cape Verde, an island country in the central Atlantic Ocean, occurs in postharvest stages, especially processing and packaging. The country lacks adequate postharvest facilities to support market needs. http://www.macauhub.com.mo/en/2013/09/18/food-wastage-in-cape-verde-happens-after-harvesting/  

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Afghanistan Inaugurates First Strategic Grain Reserve

The World Food Programme and Afghan officials inaugurated the first Strategic Grain Reserve in the country. This important measure will protect food supplies against commonly faced natural disasters and help stabilize local wheat prices in times of shortage. Officials state that this is a first step in an initiative to develop and improve food system […]

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FCI to Create Additional 5.4 Lakh Tonnes of Food Grain Storage Capacity in NE

The Food Corporation of India will create an additional 5.4 lakh tonnes of food grain capacity in the North Eastern States. Given the “strategic importance” of the region, the FCI has prepared a special package exclusively for the North East. http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2013-09-18/news/42183357_1_fci-tonnes-lakh

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Eyes on Food Security Law, FCI’s Food Grain Movement Up By 30%

The movement of food grains by the Food Corporation of India across the country has gone up by 30% in the last quarter as compared to the corresponding period last year. Officials say that with the new food security law, efforts are being made to “optimize movement of food grains throughout the country.” http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2013-09-17/news/42148564_1_food-grains-food-security-law-fci

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Food Losses and Waste in China and Their Implication for Water and Land

Researchers from Beijing Forest University performed a comprehensive review on available information on food loss and food waste in China. Results show 19% of grains are lost from field to fork. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es401426b

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Of Indian Food Security

A critic of the food security law debate argues the perspective that the idea behind and purpose of the bill is deserving of credit, even if the implementation will be a challenge. http://www.brecorder.com/br-research/44:miscellaneous/3688:of-indian-food-security/

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