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PHL Learning Journey with the Rockefeller Foundation: Key Elements to Success

by Steve Sonka, Research Professor, ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss Between January 2014 and September 2015, the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss (ADMI) has been conducting a Global Learning Assessment focused on postharvest loss reduction.  The analysis was conducted with financial support from the Rockefeller Foundation Waste and Spoilage […]

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<span style="font-size: 11px;font: Arial;color: #999999"> <em>The Gleaner by Jean-Francois Millet documents the traditional involvement of women in 
in PHL activities. Source: <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jean-Fran%C3%A7ois_Millet_-_Gleaners_-_Google_Art_Project_2.jpg">Wikimedia</a></em></span>

Women and Postharvest Loss

by Grace Kenney, Project Assistant, ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss Women are highly engaged in postharvest activities. Therefore, it is important to understand how efforts to reduce postharvest loss (PHL) can affect their welfare. Understanding how to bridge the gender gap and provide appropriate interventions can help to effectively reduce PHL and […]

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<span style="font-size: 11px;font: Arial;color: #999999">A student looks at garlands for sale at a Koyambedu Market where farmers like Kalilamman bring their crops <em>Credits: ADM Institute/Kari Wozniak</em</span>

For Field and Family: A Woman’s Life Farming in Rural India

by Erin Brennan & Grace Walsh, Juniors in Supply Chain Management at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign The following post was written by students on an ADM Institute-sponsored observation study tour through India. Wrinkled from the sun and strong in stature, four-foot-ten Kalilamman sat down with us at the Market Place Literacy Community Trust (MLC […]

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Statement by IFAD President at the 6th Africa Agriculture Science Week and FARA general assembly

President Kwanze of the International Fund for Agricultural Development listed reducing postharvest losses as a current challenge to achieving continent-wide food security in his remarks on Africa’s opportunities in agriculture. Kwanze cited the decline of research funding as a faltering moment in Africa’s history of agricultural prosperity, and called for altering the lens of research […]

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Canada and Australia Join Forces to Improve Food Security in Africa – $15 Million Project Call Launched

Two international research institutes are joining forces to initiate a project called ‘Cultivate Africa’s Future’ (CultiAF). The research partnership will focus on innovation for smallholders, especially women. One focus topic of the $15 million project will be curbing postharvest losses. http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20130716-908563.html

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Tools Trialed to Curb Postharvest Millet Losses

Compatible Technology International, a non-profit engineering organization, will be testing new hand-held devices for sorghum and millet in Senegal with support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Farmers are reported to lose up to 1/5 after harvest, and the group hopes to reduce these losses, along with the drudgery of labor usually befallen upon […]

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Giving Power to African Farmers: Learning from the Indian Experience

A group of agriculture professionals from Africa took part in a study in India to gain insights on the role of farm mechanization in sustainable intensification. Participants were exposed to various technologies, including gender-friendly equipment for postharvest operations. Four international research organizations coordinated the tour. http://blog.cimmyt.org/?p=10406

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Joint FAO, IFAD, WFP News Release: Food Security to be at Centre of Africa Development Agenda

The three Rome-based UN agency heads called for food security and nutrition to be the center focus of the international development agenda for Africa. The leaders stressed the importance of focusing investments and initiatives on smallholder farmers and rural development, and especially for women and girls. http://www.ifad.org/media/press/2013/26.htm?mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRonua%2FMd%2B%2FhmjTEU5z17%2BwtX6CygYkz2EFye%2BLIHETpodcMSsRlN6%2BNFAAgAZVnyRQFHuWDeZg%3D  

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IFPRI Strategy 2013 – 2018: Food Policy Research in a Time of Unprecedented Challenges

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) published a strategy report for the next 5 years in food policy research. Their first strategic area is ‘ensuring sustainable food production’, which encompasses reduction of waste within the food system. Read the full report here, or see highlights here. http://www.ifpri.org/publication/ifpri-strategy-2013-2018 Full report: http://www.ifpri.org/sites/default/files/publications/gi40.pdf Highlights: http://www.ifpri.org/sites/default/files/publications/strategy2013hl.pdf

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Feeding 9 Billion: What Research Do we Prioritize to Find Solutions?

Cross-sector representatives met in April for the first Food Security Futures Conference. Participants discussed how to accomplish the wide array of food security goals on the international agenda, and agreed that public and private research is essential. The conference produced a list of priorities, one being to develop better metrics for evaluating food systems. http://www.ifpri.org/blog/feeding-9-billion-what-research-do-we-prioritize-find-solutions

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