PHL in the News  
December 13, 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.


  • Zimbabwe will depend heavily on food aid and food assistance from the World Food Programme in coming months. 1 out of 5 people living in rural areas will experience food shortages between January and March of next year. Japan's contributions are especially significant, but more resources are needed to reach vulnerable families.


  • A new, Korean-funded postharvest processing center was inagurated in Northern Mindanao, Philippines on December 12. The center will bring the market closer to the farmers and include a community center, integrated post-harvest facilities, a warehouse, and a demonstration farm.


  • 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.
  • Additionally, the African Development Bank will fund a US$63 million project aimed at supporting research efforts for strategic African crops such as maize, rice, wheat, and cassava. The project will run until 2016 and will be jointly implemented by three Africa-based CGIAR centers: IITA, Africa Rice Center, and the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA).

South America

  • Heavy rains in Argentina have damaged wheat crops, reducing the harvest from 11.5 to possibly just 9.5 million tonnes this year. Quality was also affected as added moisture and delayed harvest time spurred the growth of fungi which is causing the crop to rot in the fields. The situation is a point of concern for the state of global wheat prices. 

ADM Institute

  • Director Steve Sonka will speak at The Economist's Feeding the World conference in Amsterdam on January 30th. Senior level policymakers, business leaders, NGOs, researchers, and other stakeholders will discuss what it will take to create a sustainable food chain. Dr. Sonka will speak during the session "Getting tough on food waste".

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        Issue Spotlight

Wheat production is low on a global scale due to droughts and flooding in major exporting countries like the United States, Canada, Ukraine, and Argentina. FAO reports that current global reserves are near the level they were in 2008. With food prices projected to increase, the ability to strengthen smallholder participation in value-added supply chains will be crucial to maintaining food security. Additionally, inefficient processes for drying, processing, and storing wheat cause postharvest losses, and stakeholders should look to close these gaps in order to not lose more of their harvest.

ADM Institute Resources
WHEAT: Post-harvest Operations (FAO)

Post-harvest Profile for Wheat (Ministry of Agriculture-India) 

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