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United Nations Committed to a World of Zero Hunger

The United Nations Regional Commissions and the Food and Agriculture Organization signed a Cooperation Framework to strengthen their commitment towards ending global hunger. One focus area is agricultural value chain development. http://www.unescap.org/news/united-nations-committed-world-zero-hunger

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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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Experts Discuss Post Harvest Losses as World Population Grows

The federal government is strongly stressing the importance of reducing global food loss. Washington’s flagship global food security program, Feed the Future, has a direct focus on reducing postharvest loss. A recent partnership with seed multinational DuPont to improve the cowpea value chain in Ethiopia is one example of such efforts. http://www.voazimbabwe.com/content/zimbabwe-food-experts-discuss-food-security-population-grows/1607601.html

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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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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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Nigeria: AfDB Lends Nation U.S.$650 Million for Agric Development

The African Development Bank is lending Nigeria US$650 million to support the country’s agricultural value chain. Small and medium size enterprises will be targeted with plans to develop infrastructure that will better connect farmers, markets, and processing centers. http://allafrica.com/stories/201212050534.html?mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRohs6%2FPZKXonjHpfsX76u0tUKW3lMI%2F0ER3fOvrPUfGjI4FScFhI%2FqLAzICFpZo2FFcH%2FaQZA%3D%3D

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Africa Can Help Feed Africa

Postharvest losses could be reduced by decreasing barriers of trade between African countries according to a recent study by the World Bank. Complicated trade processes, including laws, fees, and high transport costs restrict crop surpluses from moving into profitable markets, which undercuts the ability of local farmers to improve regional food security. http://siteresources.worldbank.org/INTAFRICA/Resources/Africa-Can-Feed-Africa-Report.pdf

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IRRI Signs Agreement with University of Illinois

The ADM Institute signed an MOU with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) on October 26th to open doors for collaboration in capacity-building and technology transfer in South Asian postharvest value chains and rice cropping systems. http://irri-news.blogspot.com/2012/10/irri-signs-agreement-with-university-of.html

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“Water and Food Security” the Theme of 2012 World Water Week

World Water Week focused on increasing global agricultural productivity and especially the relationship between saving water and reducing PHL. Read more in an article from the Global Harvest Initiative and slides from a presentation by Dr. Julian Parfitt. http://www.globalharvestinitiative.org/index.php/2012/08/water-and-food-security-the-theme-of-2012-world-water-week/ http://www.worldwaterweek.org/documents/WWW_PDF/2012/Wed/Addressing-post-harvest-losses/Julian-Parfitt.pdf

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Cambodia Fact Sheet

Feed the Future has published a fact sheet on Cambodian agriculture and PHL issues, illustrating its goals and target regions in the SE Asian country. (PDF) http://www.feedthefuture.gov/sites/default/files/country/strategies/files/ftf_factsheet_cambodia_jul2012.pdf

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