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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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Students interviewing a woman about her life as a farmer during a series of interviews of locals from the Chennai area. Credit: ADMI/K. Wozniak

Hearing from Locals on Farming in South India: Day 1

By: Joe Goley and Korawat (Kay) Tanwisuth, Sophomores in Supply Chain Management, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign The following post was written by students on an ADM Institute-sponsored observation study tour through India – March 21, 2015. We started the first of our nine-day journey with a blessing from Hindu priests in a local temple in […]

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A dried-up well in South India shows how serious concerns are about water for farmers in Kadambur, a village near Chennai India. Credit: ADMI/K.Wozniak

Things Are Heating Up in India: Day 2

By: Shannon Dolehide and Ashley McInerney, Juniors in Supply Chain Management, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign The following post was written by students on an ADM Institute-sponsored observation study tour through India – March 22, 2015.  When we signed up for the 2015 Agricultural Supply Chains in India study tour, we knew it would be […]

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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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<span style="font-size: 11px;font: Arial;color: #999999">Students observe planting in a paddy field <em>Credit: ADM Institute/Kari Wozniak</em></span>

Southern Indian Hospitality

by Elyse Kelly and Mary Styzek, 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. Heading out on the bus the first day we quickly realized that our windows were not tinted. Our high-rise tour bus allowed […]

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Marandagahamula Grain Storage Complex Opened

The government of Sri Lanka opened a grain storage and trading complex at one of the country’s leading wholesale paddy markets where 60,000 tons of grains can be stored. The complex is part of a government plan for increased food security and economic development in the country’s agricultural sector. http://www.news.lk/news/sri-lanka/6845-marandagahamula-grain-storage-complex-opened  

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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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Govt Urged to Establish a Postharvest Losses Policy, Framework

Tanzania policy markets action nodes (T-PAN) has proposed that the government develop a policy framework aimed at reducing postharvest losses based off results of a study carried out in in four districts in 2011. The study suggests farmers lose up to 40% of their crop to varying causes, and it looked at maize, paddy, and sorghum. The […]

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VC4D: Value Chain for Development

At a recent international symposium co-organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute and RenMin University in China, experts discussed Value Chain for Development (VC4D), which is the accepted approach for pro-poor smallholder development. The plan involves focusing on strengthening value chains, and encourages the role of public-private partnerships. http://www.ifpri.org/blog/vc4d-value-chain-development

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