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Kenyan Farmers Reap the Benefits of Technology

The Kenyan agricultural sector is a global leader in ICT services for farmers. Technologies growing in popularity offer information and realtime updates, as well as financial services. With gains in innovation, developers still see the massive gap in postharvest IT support as a constraint. http://mg.co.za/article/2013-05-22-kenyan-farms-reap-the-benefits-of-technology

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Mobile Phones Unleash Farmers in Uganda

A new cloud-based mobile platform that combines agricultural information and financial services is being made available to smallholder farmers in Uganda. The platform collects data and optimizes services and product offerings based off data analysis and farmer history. The platform was developed by Farmers Centre (U) Ltd., which is already uploading info about its 10,000 clients. http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Making-a-difference/Change-Agent/2013/0509/Mobile-phones-unleash-farmers-in-Uganda

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Global Food Security: the Role of Science and Technology

Wilton Park published a report from the October 2012 conference, Global food security: the role of science and technology. The report highlights key takeaways on postharvest loss-related topics such as farmer-scientist communication, extension, funding, knowledge gaps, public-private partnerships, and the role of government and regulation. (summary; full report)  http://reliefweb.int/report/world/global-food-security-role-science-and-technology

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Tackling Post-Harvest Losses

Open Source GIS is assisting in the reduction of PHL in Africa through APHLIS, the African Post Harvest Loss Information System. Using a shared database, loss estimates for sub-Saharan Africa can be shared on an online platform. The project is funded by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission and is aiming to provide […]

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Information Technology Mitigates Effects of Climate Events in the Developing Countries

Information technology is being used to address PHL in smallholder African farming communities, by giving access to market information, preventing price exploitation by speculators, and through the provision of warehouse receipts. Esoko in Ghana is partnered with the International Finance Corporation and the Soros Economic Development Fund on a project which sends crop price text […]

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Communication Officers Produce Videos to Outscale Postharvest Technologies

The IRRI Training Center in Los Banos, Philippines, is using videos to help train farmers on how to use new technologies effectively in the reduction of PHL. Recent videos focus on the IRRI Superbag and flatbed dryers. Each video discusses how to use the respective technology and making the videos appealing through the addition of […]

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Rs 15 bn Required for Uplift of Agri Sector: Member Export ICCI

Pakistan’s PHL losses are between 40-80%, as compared to that of the global benchmark. Wheat is 20% lower and non-basmati rice is 40% lower. Experts are estimating that 15 billion rupees are required to uplift the agricultural sector. http://www.onepakistan.com/finance/news/general/10220-rs-15-bn-required-for-uplift-of-agri-sector-member-export-icci.html

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Millennium Challenge Account Compact

Although benefiting greatly from the Millennium Challenge Account Compact (MCA), a large amount of loan money was returned unused to the lending bank, and many farmer loans were not repaid in time. Major inhibitors to the success of the program targeting Ghanaian farmers were “willful negligence,” bad weather conditions, pest infestation, and lack of value chain […]

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Towards Improved Information and Knowledge Management in Agriculture

This blog analyzes Papua New Guinea’s agricultural sector in several posts, providing information on workshops and political influences on the state of agriculture. http://malumnalu.blogspot.com/2011/11/towards-improved-information-and.html

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A Knowledge Economy Begins at the Grass Roots

Telecenters are seen as key to reducing PHL in Rwanda, as they provide crucial access to ICT services and needed information. MoMeals, a mobile marketing system that allows farmers to text message information about crops for sale to a central service that matches the availability to the need, helps farmers match supply to demand. Such […]

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