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Food Experts Decry Post-Harvest Losses in Africa

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation hosted a meeting in Nairobi to discuss the impact of postharvest losses in Africa. Research shows that $4 billion worth of food is lost each year, and reduction of just 1% could save $40 million annually. http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/Rwanda/Business/Food-experts-decry-post-harvest-losses-in-Africa/-/1433224/1708456/-/7q1fngz/-/index.html

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Fighting Post-Harvest Loss

At a recent State Department forum event, when asked why reduction projects aren’t operating up to scale, panelists answered there is a lack of attention and a lack of money. Discussions included the need for more private incentives. http://www.agweek.com/event/article/id/20610/

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Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation hosted a meeting in Nairobi to discuss the impact of postharvest losses in Africa. Research shows that $4 billion worth of food is lost each year, and reduction of just 1% could save $40 million annually. http://www.agra.org/

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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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African Trust Fund for Food Security Becomes Reality

Equatorial Guinea made the first donation, of $30million, to the new Africa Solidarity Trust Fund. The fund aims to pool African resources to achieve regional food security. The fund will draw from stronger African economies and act as a supplement to international aid. http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/170278/icode/

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FAO, IFAD Sign Agreement to Promote Smallholder Financing

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the International Fund for Agricultural Development agreed to commit $875,000 to help improve smallholder farmer access to finance. The grant will generate policy tools and training materials for stakeholders to use in making credit more accessible. Gained knowledge will be shared on an open source platform. http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/169727/icode/

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Study: Postharvest Projects Most Viable Livelihood

A recent World Bank quality review study concluded that postharvest facilities are the most successful livelihood projects in the Philippines. As compared to livestock or fishery projects, postharvest facilities add more value and provide farmers with immediate income. http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/business/2013/02/17/study-postharvest-projects-most-viable-livelihood-268741

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Principles and Practice for Resilience, Food Security and Nutrition

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture gives six suggestions on how to ensure the effectiveness of future development work, particularly focusing on food security. Relevant suggestions include using best measurement and monitoring practices and targeting evidence-based interventions. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ertharin-cousin/global-food-security_b_2546075.html

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Morgan Stanley, IFC Invests $7.5 million To Boost Food Security

Morgan Stanley and the International Finance Corporation announced they will invest $7.5 million in a new Africa-based company, Eleni LLC, to develop agricultural commodity exchanges across Africa. Farmers will have more access to finance and price information with improved exchange networks. http://www.ventures-africa.com/2013/01/morgan-stanley-ifc-invests-7-5-million-to-boost-food-security/

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Call for More Responsible Investments in Agriculture to Eradicate Hunger and Poverty

The German Minister of Agriculture and the head of FAO have called for responsible international investment in agriculture because of the potential to cut poverty and hunger worldwide. The two leaders urge the global community to develop guidance for these types of investments which will direct money towards creating stronger value-chains for farmers, among other […]

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