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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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Innovations for Agricultural Value Chains in Africa

The Meridian Institute received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a project that seeks to identify out-of-the box postharvest management and processing technologies. The project will focus on African maize, cassava, and dairy chains, and will involve organized meetings between innovators and key value chain players. http://www.merid.org/Content/Projects/Innovations_for_Agricultural_Value_Chains_in_Africa.aspx

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Guinness and ABL to Set up Processing Plants in Rural Areas

Guinness Ghana Ltd. and Accra Breweries Ltd. will soon start establishing processing plants in rural areas which have farms with huge production of cassava. Efforts to engage breweries and organize cassava farmers are part of the government’s overall initiative to significantly reduce high rates of postharvest losses in Ghana. http://www.citifmonline.com/index.php?id=1.1497933  

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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 Safety: Train Smallholders to Improve Processing at Farms

The organization Twin is training Malawi farmers on best practices to avoid illness and crop losses caused by aflatoxin contamination of staple food crops. Twin’s initiatives align with a postharvest approach to food security, which addresses the safety and preservation of food already produced. http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2013/apr/30/food-safety-staple-crops-toxins

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GFFA Expert Panel “Reducing Post-Harvest-Losses Means Conserving Natural Resources and Saving Money”

A panel focused on reducing postharvest loss in Berlin’s Global Forum for Food and Agriculture, concluded that “reducing postharvest losses can only be achieved by setting up a conceptual framework addressing main actors in the value-adding chain”. Experts from FAO, CAADP, ICIPE, and others attended the forum. http://www.rural21.com/english/from-our-partners/detail/article/gffa-expert-panel-reducing-post-harvest-losses-means-conserving-natural-resources-and-saving-mone/

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Maize Milling Plan by Zambia’s Cooperatives

The Zambia Cooperative Federation announced development plans to construct maize milling facilities in selected provinces in the country. The facilities will bring processing capacity to communities which need to add value to their crops and produce staple household foods self-sufficiently. The Federation seeks government and stakeholder backing for their plans. http://www.africanbusinessreview.co.za/business_leaders/maize-milling-plan-by-zambias-cooperatives

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The Impact of Post-Harvest Losses in a Ugandan Context

“Protecting Harvests – The Impact of Post-Harvest Losses in a Ugandan Context” was presented at the Rio+20 Agriculture and Rural Development Day by a member of the World Farmers Organisation. http://www.slideshare.net/cgiarclimate/ardd2012-rio-learning-event-no-10-session-akaki

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IICPT Views Post-harvest Losses as Deterrent to Food Processing Sector

The Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology (IICPT) is researching how PHL could prove to be detrimental to the growth of food processing in the country. Some experts are calling for a “second green revolution with a focus on value-addition and processing” as the key to solving this issue. There is currently a loss of about […]

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IRRI’s Adding Value Work

IRRI has added a new section to its website, including information on how to add value to rice production through targeting PHL. Reports and projects targeting PHL are highlighted as well. http://irri.org/index.php?option=com_k2&view=itemlist&layout=category&task=category&id=566&Itemid=100227&lang=en  

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