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Uganda: Technology to Take Advantage of High Food Prices Introduced

“Government has launched a technology-adaptation and transfer scheme, where local welders are to be employed to fabricate post-harvest agricultural production technology for use in the sector, which is said to have started attracting youth.” The other machines included maize cob sorters and sorghum threshers. The scheme is expected to improve on skills of local fabricators, especially […]

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Harvesting the Future: FAO and the EU Improve Postharvest Conditions

Cambodia and the EU are working together to improve postharvest conditions (video) through distribution of tarpaulins and rice storage bins and the provision of complementary training. This specific project will affect about 9,000 families. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x80metnZK5Y&feature=channel_video_title

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Adoption and Impact of an Award-Winning Postharvest Technology: The ASI Rice Thresher in the Senegal River Valley

Powerpoint presentation on the adoption of the ASI rice thresher. Outlines technical details as well as impact, and suggests that the recommendation could make a significant change in Senegalese rice harvesting – helping it to achieve its goal of becoming self-sufficient. http://www.africarice.org/workshop/grisp-mech/PPT/Diagne,%20africarice.pdf

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Minister Calls for Better Packaging of Products

The Minister of Trade and Industry expressed dissatisfaction that packaging in Ghana is at its elementary stage, saying it contributed to product damage and postharvest loss. The Minister highlighted that packaging has been identified as “one of the major reasons for the failure of locally manufactured good to compete favorably with imported goods”. She spoke […]

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Mekong Delta’s Postharvest Rice Losses Hit $635m

The post-harvest loss of rice in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta remains high, at 13.7 per cent, or US$635 million for the year, according to the deputy director of the Institute of Agriculture Engineering and Post Harvest Technology. Speaking at a conference in Can Tho City on Thursday on preserving rice after harvesting in the Delta, […]

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Innovation of the Week: Empowering Impoverished Communities with Compatible Technologies

Compatible Technology International (CIT) focuses on developing small-scale technology for rural farmers to process crops and produce efficiently. The McKnight Organization (with SUA and ICRASAT) has given them a grant of $673,000 for a 4-year R&D project focusing on Malawi and Tanzania, focusing on adding value and reducing postharvest loss.  http://blogs.worldwatch.org/nourishingtheplanet/empowering-impoverished-communities-with-compatible-technologies-post-harvest-loss-food-waste-storage-corn-hunger/  

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EAC Bloc in Talks Over Commodity Exchange Forum

The East African Community has kicked-off negotiations for the creation of a common commodity exchange to boost growers’ earnings and availability of food. The bloc is in talks with an independent international consultancy, Nicolas Berggruen Institute (NBI), that comprises a group of former heads of state and global entrepreneurs to help create the facility. The planned commodity […]

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Malo Traders Win 2nd Place in Dell Social Innovation Competition

2011 Dell Social Innovation Competition – Second place winner was MaloTraders, a group dealing with using cutting-edge technology to help with postharvest loss in Mali. http://studentcompetitions.com/posts/winners-of-dell-social-innovation-competition-2011

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2011 Grain Feed and Annual

Article analyzes factors contributing to wheat harvest losses in Afghanistan, as well as makes predictions for future harvest. Includes charts illustrating trends in prices of rice and other grains. http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/2011%20Grain%20and%20Feed%20Annual%20-%20May%202011_Kabul_Afghanistan_4-13-2011.pdf  

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Experts Call for Improved Technologies to Reduce Loss in Rice Harvesting

Pointing out that post-harvest loss in rice occurred to the extent of 15 per cent, K. Alagusundaram, Director, Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology, Thanjavur, suggested strategies for minimizing them. “Though paddy harvest is completely mechanized, there is still a need for developing mechanical harvesters that will not cause damage to either the grains or straw. […]

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