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Land O’Lakes Sponsors 25th Annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum

President and CEO of multinational company Land O’ Lakes will sponsor the 25th Annual Nobel Peace Prize forum, where they will discuss the need for innovation and partnership in achieving sustainable food systems globally. http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/land-olakes-sponsors-25th-annual-nobel-peace-prize-forum-194795691.html

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Post-Harvest Loss Prevention Can Mean More Food for All

Undersecretary Robert Hormats of the Department of State says loss can be reduced through the development and dissemination of appropriate technologies, and by the adoption of policies and incentives for investment in postharvest infrastructure. Hormats anticipates food preservation to be a topic of discussion in the G8’s meeting in Northern Ireland in June. http://iipdigital.usembassy.gov/st/english/article/2013/02/20130226143046.html#axzz2Mc5L0RHu http://www.indepthnews.info/index.php/global-issues/1461-battle-against-post-harvest-losses-can-be-won […]

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Africa: Raising the Bar on Agricultural Innovation

A recent article discusses the power of innovation for agricultural development in Africa. Mobile technology is specifically highlighted as an important tool for communicating information about markets, harvests, pests and diseases, etc. Several individual success stories are described as reasons to increase funding for R&D in agricultural innovation. http://allafrica.com/stories/201301090731.html

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No Storage Space for Bumper Stock in Country’s Food Bowl

At the start of the Indian procurment season, the government is still facing severe storage shortages. The large bumper crop is overwhelming current capacities that still hold much of last year’s procurement. Government reactions include plans to add more storage capacity, release additional grain to the open market, and export to neighboring nations. Meanwhile, significant amounts of grain continue […]

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Centre to Reduce Post Harvest Losses

The International Wheat and Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) spoke to farmers in Malawi on the importance of effective grain storage in acheiving a “sustainable livelihood.” CIMMYT highlighted the large amount of postharvest loss that occurs on the African continent due to poor grain storage, in Malawi specifically because of rodents and weevils. The Malawi Ministry of Agriculture supported […]

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Early Harvest Causing Grain Storage Shortage

Grain elevators in the central United States are experiencing shortages after this year’s unusual weather patterns. Early harvests are causing demand for storage to occur in ways elevator managers do not normally plan for. Temporary storage capacities are being utilized but numbers of grain piles on the ground continue to increase. Each pile loses an […]

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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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Uganda: Collective Actions Shield Small-Holder Farmers

Ugandan small-holder farmers find collectives advantageous and profitable, while learning valuable postharvest and business skills. The Kapchorwa Commercial Farmers’ Association (KCFA) has a warehouse and provides training to farmers, while improving incomes through using Warehouse Receipt Systems. The WFP Uganda Country Director has noted that over $600,000 in bank credit has been offered to the […]

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New Australian International Food Security Centre Seeks Partnerships in Africa

The Australian International Food Security Centre is focusing on African countries, with funds of 33 million AUD to contribute toward food production projects over the next four years. The Centre is looking to collaborate with national and international partners, researchers, extension workers, in both the public and private sectors to improve smallholder African farms’, markets’, […]

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Mechanizing Agriculture for Food Security

A critique of mechanizing the Philippine’s agricultural sector and finding more culturally-acceptable solutions was made by a senator calling for more training for farmers and a general “attitude change” on behalf of the government. http://agrihunt.blogspot.com/2012/07/mechanizing-agriculture-for-food.html

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