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Meta-Impact Assessment of Rice Research Consortium

The Irrigated Rice Research Consortium (IRRC) published a report, ‘A Meta-Impact Assessment of the IRRC’, which analyzed the effects of its international research programs. The report found that research investment delivered a more than six fold return, bringing more than $70 million in benefits to four Asian countries with a $12 million investment. http://books.irri.org/9789712202971_content.pdf  

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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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18 More Rice Processing Complexes for Region 6

The Department of Agriculture in the Philippines is aiming to build 18 more small rice processing complexes this year. Each complex costs P6 million to construct, or approximately USD 143,000. http://www.panaynewsphilippines.com/top-stories/4182-18-more-rice-processing-complexes-for-region-6.html

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Central Mindanao Rice Program Gets Higher Budget This Year

Philippines Central Mindanao region will receive a 50% increase in the rice program budget from the previous year. Close to half of the total allotment will be used for postharvest facility development and infrastructure improvement. http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=Economy&title=Central-Mindanao-rice-program-gets-higher-budget-this-year&id=69836

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USAID, AFDB, Government of Sweden Announce Agriculture Fast Track

USAID, the African Development Bank, and the Swedish government recently announced the creation of the ‘Agriculture Fast Track‘, a $25 million fund meant to spur private sector investment in agricultural infrastructure in developing nations. http://www.usaid.gov/news-information/press-releases/usaid-afdb-government-sweden-announce-agriculture-fast-track

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Investments in Postharvest Loss Strategies Cardinal Says AUC

FAO and regional leaders stressed the importance of postharvest loss management at a recent meeting focused on Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) engagement in reducing loss in Sub-Saharan Africa. The African Union Commission introduced the PHL Project, which is an institutional capacity-building initiative aimed to increase awareness and understanding of PHL issues. http://en.starafrica.com/news/investments-in-post-harvest-loss-strategies-cardinal-says-auc.html  

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High Level Consultation (HLC) on Hunger, Food Security and Nutrition in the Post 2015 Development Framework: Joint Chairs and co-Leads Synthesis Report

The High Level Consultation on Hunger, Food Security, and Nutrition in the Post 2015 Development Framework published a vision report on how to sustainably end hunger, insecurity, and malnutrition by 2025. Their pathway outline includes three main components: 1) sustainable and resilient food production and consumption, 2) good nutrition for all, and 3) agents of transformation. http://www.fao.org/fsnforum/post2015/sites/post2015/files/files/Synthesis%20document%204th%20April.pdf

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Post Harvest Losses, Challenge to Achieving Food Security in Africa

Experts at the recent Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program Partnership (CAADP) platform meeting unanimously concluded that the program’s goal of achieving a 6% annual agricultural growth can not be realized without reducing PHL. http://www.afriquejet.com/news/4940-post-harvest-losses-challenge-to-achieving-food-security-in-africa.html

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On Preventing Postharvest Loss

A United States government official says solving postharvest loss requires investment and scaling up of technologies, as well as cooperation between sectors. http://editorials.voa.gov/content/postharvest-development-josefernandez/1619843.html

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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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