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Bühler Joins Growing Africa Assistance Initiative

Multinational processing and manufacturing corporation, Bühler, joined ‘Partners in Food Solutions’, an international nonprofit organization which brings private sector expertise to small processors and millers in the developing world. Bühler stands as the 4th corporate partner, among Cargill, General Mills, and Royal DSM. http://www.foodbusinessnews.net/articles/news_home/International/2013/05/Buhler_joins_growing_Africa_as.aspx?ID={FDE81740-F54F-43F8-AD23-888236063FF5}&cck=1

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Combating Aflatoxin – a Value Chain Approach

Alfatoxin, a cancer-causing fungus, costs Africa nearly $750 million in export losses to the EU each year, and puts an estimated 4.5 billion people worldwide at serious health risk. A UK-based organization called Twin works with farmers in Malawi to raise awareness, share best practices, and build private sector partnerships to improve supply chain safety. […]

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Food Safety: Train Smallholders to Improve Processing at Farms

The organization Twin is training Malawi farmers on best practices to avoid illness and crop losses caused by aflatoxin contamination of staple food crops. Twin’s initiatives align with a postharvest approach to food security, which addresses the safety and preservation of food already produced. http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2013/apr/30/food-safety-staple-crops-toxins

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Malawi: Maize Shortage Hits Women

Malawi is experiencing a severe maize shortage after two consecutive dry spells. Over two million people face shortages this year, and prices have inflated by 36.6% as of March 2013. http://allafrica.com/stories/201304261129.html?viewall=1&

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World Bank Support for Boosting Food Production in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia

The World Bank approved $89.4 million in credit to assist governments of Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia in establishing Regional Centers of Leadership for staple grains, and other projects to boost food and farm productivity. http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2013/03/14/world-bank-support-boosting-food-production-malawi-mozambique-zambia?mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRonu6rBce%2FhmjTEU5z17%2BwtX6CygYkz2EFye%2BLIHETpodcMScpnN6%2BNFAAgAZVnyRQFHuWDeZg%3D

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Malawi Loses K16 bn in Post Harvest Waste

Managing Director of Business Consult Africa reports that Malawi loses K16 billion worth of maize annually, the equivalent of over $50 million USD, in postharvest losses estimated as high as 40% of the maize crop. Malawi’s Minister of Agriculture is unsure of the precise amount of loss, though admits it is very high. Smallholder farmers […]

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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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Grain Storage Technologies to Reduce Post-Harvest Losses

Grain banks in Malawi are helping to reduce PHL. Effectively helping to store harvested grain before being taken to the market, this particular grain bank is helping over 4,000 farmers to avoid the losses caused by pests and rodents that had before destroyed much of the harvested crops. The FAO has helped to set up […]

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Reducing African Farmers Post Harvest Losses

A project run by MicroEnterprise Africa is seeking funding via a charity-supporting online platform. The goal for the project is to build a warehouse to preserve Malawi subsistence farmers’ harvest from insects and pests. The charity runs a farm, collects produce, and transports it to markets, and seeks to expand its resources through storage and […]

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Effective Grain Storage for Sustainable Livelihoods of African Farmers in Kenya, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe

A report on the initial phases of a program on “Effective Grain Storage for Sustainable Livelihoods of African Farmers in Kenya, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe” (PDF) was posted on the website PostCosecha.com. http://www.postcosecha.net/en/media/Sum_Post_Harvest_RPSA_d2.pdf

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