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Kenyan Farmers Reap the Benefits of Technology

The Kenyan agricultural sector is a global leader in ICT services for farmers. Technologies growing in popularity offer information and realtime updates, as well as financial services. With gains in innovation, developers still see the massive gap in postharvest IT support as a constraint. http://mg.co.za/article/2013-05-22-kenyan-farms-reap-the-benefits-of-technology

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discuss the Impact of Postharvest 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.gatesfoundation.org/

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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 Losses: Africa Loses Food Valued at $4b Annually

At a recent conference in Kenya, expert leaders discussed the urgency to reduce postharvest losses in Africa that currently total about $4 billion per year. Director of Markets of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) called on governments to invest heavily in postharvest loss reduction program and technologies. http://www.vanguardngr.com/2013/02/post-harvest-losses-africa-loses-food-valued-at-4b-annually/

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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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Kenyan Farmers Turn to New Weapons Again ‘Osama’

Kenyan farmers are benefitting from metal silo technology that protect grains against pests. Kenyan experts seek to scale-up the project after two years of successful pilot implementation. Pests are thought to cause up to 30% loss of Kenyan maize, the equivalent of about 162 million tonnes per year.  http://allafrica.com/stories/201212180907.html

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NCPB Starts Drive to Cut Grain Losses

The National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB), an agricultural commodity management and trading organization in East and Central Africa, is currently advising and training Kenyan maize farmers on how to mitigate issues that cause postharvest loss. In addition to strategies for proper handling and fumigation, NCPB is urging farmers to utilize the warehouse receipting system. […]

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World Food Day

World Food Day annually promotes awareness of food and agricultural issues and celebrates the work of those concerned with food security. This year, international figures recognized reducing postharvest losses as a necessary component of policymaking and action. Remarks came from leaders including Pakistani President Zardari and Kenyan Agricultural Minister Dr. Sall Kosgey. Chinese grain officials organized a nation-wide “24-hours […]

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KENYA Food Security Outlook

Kenyan news sources report that despite a new disease affecting its maize crop, production will increase in the future due to rains brought on by El Nino. However, transportation infrastructure may suffer, hindering access to markets. The food insecure population is expected to increase as well. http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/kenya%20july-december%202012%20outlook%20report_final_1.pdf

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How Maize Storage Receipts Are Changing Farmers’ Fortunes

Ghana Grains Company uses the Warehousing Receipt System to reduce farmers’ PHL. The company is also providing training to farmers unfamiliar with the concept so that they can fully utilize the services offered by the WRS to achieve better returns at the market level. Kenyan farmers are also using a similar system for maize storage […]

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