PHL In the News

April 10, 2013

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.


  • 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.


  • The Filipino government will establish 28 rice processing centers this year to reduce postharvest losses. The National Rice Program will allocate P431 million to the project.
  • A corn postharvest processing center in the Phillipines was inaguarated on March 18. The P42 million center will benefit 1,000-2,000 farmers and reduce postharvest losses by up to 5%.
  • An opinion piece on Indian storage issues claims that a close-ended procurement system is the "ideal reform", and that the Indian government should establish separate procurement processes for public distribution and for buffer stock purposes.
  • The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) will allocate 10% of funds to the Northeast region of India to address food security, one focus being reducing postharvest losses. ICAR will also focus on strengthening farm mechanization.
  • A video on Punjab storage issues identifies diversatification of crops as a solution to ease capacity constraints. Farmers are not in support of this solution, however, due to the economic value of certain crops over others.


  • The 2nd Latin American Convention on Airtight Storage was held in March in Guatemala, and showcased latest technologies that prevent losses of grain during storage and transport phases. Participants CIMMYT, FAO, and convention sponsor GrainPro, Inc, featured new technologies and provided evaluations and reviews of current programs.
  • A new publication from Kansas State University in the United States, Stored Product Protection, has been lauded the "most comprehensive manual on stored product protection in the world". The book contains 350 pages and 31 chapters of information and resources for individuals involved in grain storage, commodity management, food storing and processing, and other related topics.


  • A leading UK academic announced at a recent forum on food security that investment in reducing waste is far more significant than spending to increase productivity. 

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Institute Spotlight

Agrilinks Webinar

In March 2013, the ADM Institute participated in a webinar hosted by USAID Agrilinks called Preventing Postharvest Loss from Field to Market. Director Steve Sonka discussed the importance of measurement and innovation in reducing loss, stating, "you can't change what you don't measure". Sonka was joined by Bob Rabatsky of Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation and Philippe Villers of GrainPro, Inc, who both discussed the impact of innovative technologies on the lives of smallholder farmers. Recaps and resources from the event are now available on the Agrilinks website. Check for discussion highlights, resources from participants, and event description and details.


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