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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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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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Food Waste Within Global Systems

This report was commissioned by the UK’s Global Food Security (GFS) programme to better understand the issues surrounding food waste in developing and developed countries, with a particular focus on understanding where new approaches and new research may be instrumental in reducing waste. http://www.foodsecurity.ac.uk/assets/pdfs/food-waste-report.pdf

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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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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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Italy Calls for Food Security to Be U.N. Priority

Italy wants to lead efforts to make food security a priority for global policy makers, Prime Minister Enrico Letta said in his recent debut speech at the United Nations General Assembly. http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20130925-709988.html  

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US to help UP Minimize Postharvest Losses

The United States and the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh have agreed to address postharvest losses by aligning US support as well as collaboration between universities from both countries. http://india.nydailynews.com/business/03e947c7216511bd6aeabb67f0f8d708/us-to-help-up-minimise-post-harvest-losses

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Kingdom Acts to Cut Food Wastage

The King of Saudi Arabia has ordered the creation of a committee devoted to reducing national food loss and food waste. Representatives from various government agencies will carry out studies to determine how to reduce losses. The Middle East and North Africa lose 16 million metric tonnes of grain annually, according to FAO. http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130908179638

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Food Waste Statistics Leave A Bad Taste

An opinion editorial in The Nation comments on the negative impacts of global food loss and food waste. MS Swaminathan, famous for his work in spurring the Indian ‘green revolution’, remarks that issues of loss and waste are becoming central to discussions on food security and sustainable development. http://www.nationmultimedia.com/opinion/Food-waste-statistics-leave-a-bad-taste-30213623.html

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