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Food Ministry Faces a Problem of Plenty Now

India continues to be plagued by its lack of storage and government members are struggling to find additional places to put the excess grains of this year’s harvest. As only 85% of government godown (warehouse) capacity is utilized, the government plans to use them in full and also to hire the use of private godowns. […]

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ICAR Plans Student Ready Concept in Farm Courses

The Indian Council of Agriculture Research is promoting a “student ready” concept through eleven branches of agriculture science, requiring students to undergo “rural awareness work experience” in order to get actual experience in marketing and entrepreneurial skills. http://www.deccanherald.com/content/241946/icar-plans-student-ready-concept.html

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Centre Wants to Usher in an Evergreen Revolution: Minister

The Union Minister of State for Food and Consumer Affairs is inaugurating the first Indo-U.S. International Conference on Polymers for Packaging Applications in order to address part of the government’s goal of PHL reduction. The Indian government is hoping to instigate an “Evergreen Revolution,” focused on food processing, the exporting of packaged food to other […]

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Corporate Social Responsibility and Logistics

Global Logistics Media includes PHL issues in its Corporate Social Responsibility projects. The company encourages logistics companies to become part of the movement of reducing losses, pushing for policy changes, and getting involved in projects that involve improvement of transportation and infrastructure. The company also highlights the activities of Carpe Diehm, an organization focusing on sustainable supply […]

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Feeding Africa: Australian Knowledge Helps Meet A Continent’s Climate Change Challenges

African food security problems are seen as an opportunity for development by Australia, as the two continents produce many of the same crops in similar climatic conditions. Australian policies and infrastructure are more developed than their African counterparts in terms of agriculture and food security, and Australian participation in the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change […]

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Half of Malnourished People in Africa are Farmers

“Half of all malnourished people in Africa are farmers who produce food.” Professor Calestous Juma of Harvard’s Kennedy School and author of The New Harvest, says that farmers are underfed due to infrastructural incapacity and can alleviate their problems through technology application, improvements in supply chains, and rural development of telecoms, transportation, energy, and education. […]

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Kenya: NCPB Need Extra Sh1 Billion for for Maize Crop

Kenya’s National Cereals and Produce Board is purchasing Sh1 billion worth of maize for strategic reserves this winter and encouraging farmers to use their storage facilities under the warehouse receipt system. Top issues leading to PHL for Kenyan farmers are poor storage facilities and commodity prices. http://allafrica.com/stories/201111021299.html

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Tanzania Wrong in Handling of Machingas, Cross-Border Trade

Tanzania finds government actions toward small-scale farmers and peddlers a source for postharvest losses and urges for more encouraging market and cross-border trade policies. http://www.tanzanianews24.com/tanzania-wrong-in-handling-of-machingas-cross-border-trade/

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EAC Bloc in Talks Over Commodity Exchange Forum

The East African Community has kicked-off negotiations for the creation of a common commodity exchange to boost growers’ earnings and availability of food. The bloc is in talks with an independent international consultancy, Nicolas Berggruen Institute (NBI), that comprises a group of former heads of state and global entrepreneurs to help create the facility. The planned commodity […]

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PEF Calls for Commodity Exchange for Agric

The Private Enterprises Foundation (PEF) has proposed the establishment of an agricultural commodity exchange to bring producers, buyers and consumers together to trade on a common platform. This, PEF explained, would provide ready market for farm gate products from agricultural centers and thereby help to reduce post harvest losses. http://www.modernghana.com/news/330531/1/pef-calls-for-commodity-exchange-for-agric.html  

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