PHL in the News 
July 20, 2012 

The following items have appeared recently in newspapers, blogs, on websites and other media regarding PHL and might be of interest to affiliates of the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss.


  • 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 six grain banks in productive parts of the country. 

  • 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 and finding high returns. 

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University of Illinois

  • University of Illinois Civil and Environmental Engineering researchers work across departments and share expertise to tackle PHL in grains, as part of their work with the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss. 

Conferences and Symposiums

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The Natural Resources Institute presented these slides at the Brussels Rural Development Briefings last month.

Monique Calon, Senior Policy Advisor for Food Security and Private Sector Development at the Netherlands' Ministry of Foreign Affairs, discusses in a video interview food security issues in the Sahel and the Netherlands' approaches to ameliorating them.


CIMMYT, via the Wheat HarvestPlus Project in Mexico, has opened applications for post-doctoral fellow or associate scientist for its Global Wheat Program. Applications are due by 29 July 2012.

Project proposals for the coordination and implementation of the Grain Post Harvest Loss Prevention Programme in Tanzania are due by 15 August 2012. The project is through the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

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