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Research Funding and Skills Key to Food for Post-2015

Public spending on agricultural research must double in the next decade if the world is to successfully move to sustainable methods of food production, says a UN-backed report. http://www.scidev.net/global/funding/news/research-funding-and-skills-key-to-food-for-post-2015.html

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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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Accra Brewery Donates Towards Farmers’ Day Celebrations

Accra Brewery Ltd. delivered their annual donation of products to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture for the National Farmers’ Day celebrations in December. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Managing Postharvest Losses”. http://business.myjoyonline.com/pages/news/201309/113322.php

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Company License Storage System That Deters Insects

Farmers in West and Central African nations could benefit economically, socially and nutritionally using a crop storage system developed by researchers at Purdue University and licensed to Kano-based Lela Agro Industries Nigeria Ltd. The PICS system uses special triple-bagging technology to protect cowpeas in storage against weevils, an invasive insect. http://agrinews-pubs.com/Content/News/Markets/Article/Nigerian-company-licenses-Purdue-crop-storage-system-that-deters-insects/8/26/8295

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Grain Warehousing Demand Expected to Grow in India

Experts say that demand for grain warehousing in India will likely grow 5-6% in the next 5 years. Increased investment participation from the private sector, specifically large corporate entities, will be necessary to meet infrastructure demands, where the government is currently the majority owner. http://www.farminguk.com/News/Grain-warehousing-demand-expected-to-grow-in-India_26458.html

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Food Bill Effect: Dutch Firms Eye India for Postharvest Solutions

Dutch Minister of Foreign Trade and Development says her country is looking very closely at “everything connected to the Food Bill”. Officials believe Dutch entrepreneurs have a significant role to play in improving postharvest processes and reducing supply chain loss and waste. http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/agri-biz/food-bill-effect-dutch-firms-eye-india-for-postharvest-solutions/article5101359.ece

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New Food Law: Nabard to Build 10k Warehouses in Panchayats

The Indian National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development prepares for additional storage capacity in anticipation of the Food Security Act. It aims to build 10,000 warehouses at the panchayat, or village, level this fiscal year, which will require an investment equivalent to nearly $8 million. http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/agri-biz/new-food-law-nabard-to-build-10k-warehouses-in-panchayats/article5107238.ece

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Industry, Government Must Collaborate to Boost Food Security: Tariq Anwar

While speaking at a day-long summit on food safety, Indian Minister of State for Food Processing Industries urged industry and government to collaborate to achieve food security and safety. Anwar stressed the importance of efficient postharvest management and quality control to reduce waste and contamination in food along the supply chain. http://www.fnbnews.com/article/detnews.asp?articleid=34296&sectionid=1

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ADB Lends Cambodia US$70 Million for Rice Commercialization, Finance Reforms

The Asian Development Bank signed a $55 million loan agreement with the Cambodian government to expand the country’s rice sector under a program called “The Climate-Resilient Rice Commercialization Sector Development Program (Rice-SDP)”. It is meant to transform all the variances of the rice sector, from subsistence farming to commercial value chains. http://www.bernama.com.my/bernama/v7/wn/newsworld.php?id=972651  

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