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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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Blumberg Grain Executes Letter of Intent to Expand Its Agricultural Investments to Nigeria with $250 Million Commitment

Blumberg Grain will invest $250 million in Nigeria’s agricultural sector with regard to the country’s efforts with the G8’s New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition program. The investment includes a large scale production and distribution facility for the company’s food security storage warehouses, processing and packaging facilities, and investments in land and technology. http://www.heraldonline.com/2013/07/18/5033651/blumberg-grain-executes-letter.html

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Packaging Optimization and Preventative Role Key in Food Waste Battle

e European Organization for Packaging and the Environment claims reducing food loss and waste depends on the optimization of packaging. They have created a task force focused on technological innovations and solutions. http://www.foodproductiondaily.com/Supply-Chain/Packaging-optimisation-and-preventative-role-key-in-food-waste-battle

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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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TNAU Gets Patent for Instant Cumbu Food

The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University in India has developed new technology and acquired a patent for a ‘ready-to-cook Cumbu mix and food’. This technology allows millet to be processed and packaged without preservatives and also allows millet to re-enter diets, as more easily processed foods such as rice have taken over. http://ibnlive.in.com/news/tnau-gets-patent-for-instant-cumbu-food/229251-60-118.html

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EC Seeks Proposals for Projects to Improve the Livelihood of Rural Households in Malawi through Improvement in Post-harvest Storage and Processing Methods

The Malawi government is seeking proposals for postharvest storage and processing and diversification of smallholder agriculture productivity. Deadline for submissions is Feb. 6, 2012. http://www.fundsforngos.org/europe/ec-seeks-proposals-projects-improve-livelihood-rural-households-malawi-improvement-postharvest-storage-processing-methods/      

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Food Processing Short Course 2012

Michigan State University is offering a short course on food processing, packaging, and value-addition with registration open for 2012 now. http://worldtap.msu.edu/event/food-processing-short-course-2012/

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Tapping the Huge Potential of Food Processing Sector of India

India is one of the leading counties in fruit, vegetable, milk, poultry and meat production. Lack of supply chains and processing infrastructure results wastes in agricultural productions. A study carried by the Central Institute for Post-Harvest Engineering and Technology indicated that the losses in 2009 reached Rs. 44,000 crore. The Mega Food Parks Scheme (MFPS) […]

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Packaging: Key to More Food and Economic Development

This magazine article illustrates the need to focus on packaging and postharvest technologies as joint efforts in the fight against food losses. http://www.makingitmagazine.net/?p=3685  

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Post-Harvest Management for Food Security tops FAO-Agriculture Dept meeting

A workshop was organized by the UN FAO in partnership with the Dept of Agriculture in The Gambia to discuss PHL. Particular focus was on grain cereals, pulses and oilseeds, “as these sectors constitute the predominant staples in many African communities in Africa.” The FAO and the Dept of Agriculture’s relationship has also recently led to the […]

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