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Curbing Maize Postharvest Losses Key to Attaining Food Security in Kenya

The International Wheat and Maize Improvement Center (CIMMYT) paired with the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) to organize a training course on postharvest management. Kenya experiences an estimated 40% loss of staple grains, which poses great challenges to the country’s food security and economic development. http://blog.cimmyt.org/?p=10681

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Government of Ghana and Blumberg Grain Execute MOU for Manufacturing Plant and Export Hub in West Africa

U.S. company Blumberg Grain plans to develop a state of the art food safety and security storage warehousing system in Ghana, following an agreement negotiated by the Ghanaian Minister of Trade and Industry. The Hub will also include an educational institute supported by Iowa State University, the Ghanaian Ministry of Food and Agriculture, and NGO […]

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Commentary – Let a Hundred Flowers Bloom: Promoting a New Era of Innovation for Agricultural Development

Michael Howevel, Deputy Director for Agriculture for Impact, remarks on the presence of a ‘quiet revolution’ in the agricultural sector, with the ‘science-technology-innovation nexus’ that will be the future of agricultural development. His graphic shows the two-sided nature of innovation, which includes development and education, access and feedback. http://globalfoodforthought.typepad.com/global-food-for-thought/2013/06/commentary-let-a-hundred-flowers-bloom-promoting-a-new-era-of-innovation-for-agricultural-developmen.html

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375 Farmers Graduate from Radio University

The Department of Agriculture program to curb rice losses called, ‘University-on-the-Air on Rice Postharvest and Mechanization‘, recently graduated at least 375 farmers. The use of radio allows farmers to participate without spending money on transportation. The government expects the program to cut losses by a minimum of 5%. http://www.sunstar.com.ph/tacloban/local-news/2013/06/01/375-farmers-graduate-radio-university-285334

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Combating Aflatoxin – a Value Chain Approach

Alfatoxin, a cancer-causing fungus, costs Africa nearly $750 million in export losses to the EU each year, and puts an estimated 4.5 billion people worldwide at serious health risk. A UK-based organization called Twin works with farmers in Malawi to raise awareness, share best practices, and build private sector partnerships to improve supply chain safety. […]

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Food Losses and Waste in the Context of Sustainable Food Systems – E-Consultation to Set the Track of the Study

Twenty-one actors from universities, NGOs, regulatory agencies, and knowledge institutes have committed to creating a more resource-efficient Europe by addressing food loss and food waste under a 4-year project, FUSIONS (Food Use for Social Innovation by Optimising Waste Prevention Strategies). FAO is a project partner, and is contributing greatly to the food loss discussion by developing […]

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New Book Outlines Best Practices for Stored Grains

A new publication from Kansas State University in the United States, Stored Product Protection, has been lauded the “most comprehensive manual on stored product protection in the world”. The book contains 350 pages and 31 chapters of information and resources for individuals involved in grain storage, commodity management, food storing and processing, and other related […]

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Preventing Postharvest Loss Seminar: Resources From Webinar Participants

In March 2013, the ADM Institute participated in a webinar hosted by USAID Agrilinks called Preventing Postharvest Loss from Field to Market. Director Steve Sonka discussed the importance of measurement and innovation in reducing loss, stating, “you can’t change what you don’t measure”. Sonka was joined by Bob Rabatsky of Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation […]

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Institute Spotlight Student Engagement

The ADM Institute is dedicated to engaging students in its work as an information hub. Throughout the academic year, the institute supports a variety of educational opportunities and efforts, including academic programs abroad. Currently, six undergraduate students from the College of Agriculture and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois are spending a semester at […]

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UIUC and Njala University Students in Sierra Leone

The ADM Institute is dedicated to engaging students in its work as an information hub. Throughout the academic year, the institute supports a variety of educational opportunities and efforts, including academic programs abroad. Currently, six undergraduate students from the College of Agriculture and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois are spending a semester at […]

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