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Sh45m for Cereals Warehouse

The Kenyan government is constructing a large scale warehouse in Kanyekiini County, Central Province, to reduce postharvest losses. The project is expected to offer local youth employment opportunities and improve farmers’ incomes. http://www.nation.co.ke/Counties/Sh45million-for-cereals-warehouse/-/1107872/1909594/-/yx5y58/-/index.html

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ROC Assists with Guatemalan Grain Program

A Tawainese-funded project to update and improve the country’s grain storage facilities was inaugurated on July 3rd. Having fallen into disrepair in recent decades, improvements to storage will increase availability of the domestic maize supply. http://www.taiwantoday.tw/ct.asp?xItem=207025&ctNode=445

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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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Curbing Maize Postharvest Losses Continues

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) hosted a stakeholder workshop under their ‘Effective Grain Storage for Sustainable Livelihoods of African Farmers Project’, with objectives to provide a forum for ideas, raise awareness, share technology, consult actors on adoption, and engage in policy dialogue around postharvest loss. http://blog.cimmyt.org/?p=10557

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Uganda: Maize Maze

Informal trade of maize in Uganda leaves farmers in constant speculation of good prices, often making it expensive to properly store grain. The World Food Programme says Ugandan maize has huge market potential if farmers meet the East African Standard for maize grain, something stakeholders are keen to avoid given the lucrative, cash-immediate nature of […]

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Mycotoxin Occurrence in Maize Milling Fractions

A study by South African researchers concludes that the occurrence of mycotoxin differs per milling fraction, and that dry milling is an effective way to reduce mycotoxins in maize. The article appears in the International Journal of Food Microbiology. http://www.allaboutfeed.net/Process-Management/Feed-Safety/2013/5/Mycotoxin-occurrence-in-maize-milling-fractions-1267126W/

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Food Farmers at Konkrompe Address Challenges

A farmers’ cooperative convened a stakeholders meeting to discuss postharvest losses in the town of New Konkrompe, Ghana. Locals say interventions have been attempted, but none have successfully overcome major maize storage and marketing problems faced by most of the farmers in the region. http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=277197

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NE China Barn Fire Engulfs 1,000 Tonnes of Grain

A large scale fire burned through a grain storage center in northeastern China, destroying 1,000 tonnes of grain. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2013-06/03/c_132427509.htm

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Kenya: Grain Purchase Plan for Machakos

A county government will buy maize from farmers to reduce risks of exploitation from middlemen, as well as to control presence of aflatoxin that is frequently found in home-stored grain. http://allafrica.com/stories/201306110145.html

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Maharastra Agriculture Department Ropes in Private Companies for Maize Production

The Maharashtra state government has chosen three private companies to start a value chain development program in 13 districts of the state to support maize production. http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-06-09/pune/39849120_1_maize-production-agriculture-department-districts  

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