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September 13, 2013

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ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss.

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Issues of Loss 

  • Thailand extends buying scheme, risks adding rice pile
    After recently discovering massive losses in the current rice scheme, the Thai government approved a new plan that will lower prices and quantities. With 17 million tonnes in storage and another 10 million set to arrive, however, the government is still at risk to lose in storage, depreciation, and logistics costs. 
  • Two more mills found to be involved in paddy embezzlement
    A corruption case in Punjab, India that was opened in July against two rice millers now includes two more. State officials say that millers have allegedly embezzled paddy worth over $1.1 million. 


  • Young Kenyan woman named recipient of 2013 Borlaug Field Award
    Kenyan food scientist, Dr. Charity Mutegi, is honored for her efforts in reducing aflatoxin contamination in Kenya. Mutegi is leading the development of a biocontrol product used to fight off aflatoxins in maize. The award is funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, and administered by the World Food Prize.   

  • Mitigating aflatoxin exposure to improve child growth in eastern Kenya
    A project by the International Food Policy Research Center (IFPRI) seeks to identify and utilize postharvest and storage technologies to reduce aflatoxin exposure, and studies the impact of reduced exposure on child nutrition. The project will take place in 65 villages in Eastern province, Kenya. 

  • New food law: Nabard to build 10k warehouses in panchayats
    The Indian National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development prepares for additional storage capacity in anticipation of the Food Security Act. It aims to build 10,000 warehouses at the panchayat, or village, level this fiscal year, which will require an investment equivalent to nearly $8 million. 

  • Food bill effect: Dutch firm eyes India for postharvest solutions
    Dutch Minister of Foreign Trade and Development says her country is looking very closely at "everything connected to the Food Bill". Officials believe Dutch entrepreneurs have a significant role to play in improving postharvest processes and reducing supply chain loss and waste. 

  • Maharastra moots four-time hike in foodgrain storage capacity
    Maharastra state government will soon increase storage capacity from 5.62 lakh metric tonnes to to 19 lakh metric tonnes to prepare for the Food Security Bill. State officials say that 611 godowns are being constructed across the state, with 70% of the work already completed. 

  • Kingdom acts to cut food wastage
    The King of Saudi Arabia has ordered the creation of a committee devoted to reducing national food loss and food waste. Representatives from various government agencies will carry out studies to determine how to reduce losses. The Middle East and North Africa lose 16 million metric tonnes of grain annually, according to FAO. 


  • Zimbabwe: metal silos introduced to cut postharvest losses unveiled
    The Zimbabwean government launched metal silo technology in Makoni district as part of a project started last September called, "Effective Grain Storage for Sustainable Livelihoods of African Farmers". Government officials expect the technology "to go a long way in providing solutions aimed at mitigating the effects of grain postharvest losses". 


  • Food Wastage FootPrint: Impact on Natural Resources (REPORT) (VIDEO)
    FAO and UNEP released a report that looks at the environmental impacts of global "food wastage", or a combination of food loss and food waste. This is the first report of its kind in quantifying real impact, finding that wastage would rank 3rd top emitter of greenhouse gases if it were a country.


  • Industry, government must collaborate to boost food safety, Tariq Anwar
    While speaking at a day-long summit on food safety, Indian Minister of State for Food Processing Industries urged industry and government to collaborate to achieve food security and safety. Anwar stressed the importance of efficient postharvest management and quality control to reduce waste and contamination in food along the supply chain. 

  • To feed the world in 2050, we need to discuss agriculture at UN climate change talks
    Farming First, a multi-stakeholder coalition of organizations promoting sustainable agriculture, advocates the discussion of agriculture at upcoming UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Warsaw, Poland this November. Farming First has published a guide designed as an aid for those taking part in climate change discussions.     


  • Six myths about the food security bill
    A critic of the Indian Food Bill outlines several contradictions he finds in supporting arguments of the food bill. One such myth is that warehousing reforms can fix problems of rot. Improving the warehousing system will not get to what the author views as the root problem, however, which is that the government buys too much grain altogether. 

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A Story of Loss: The Dynamics of Postharvest Loss Prevention 

Credits: ADM Institute/Pete Goldsmith, Ximing Cai, and MART.

New FAO report 

This week, FAO and UNEP released a report full of troubling statistics. According to the organizations' first look at real environmental impacts of food loss and waste, the world loses $750 billion annually, and wastes enough water to meet the world's household needs.

Meaning, if wastage were a country, it would be the 3rd largest emitter of greenhouse gases at approximately 3.3 gigatons per year.

Big effects, complex causes  

While imposing impacts of massive proportion, issues of loss are nonetheless quite complex and dynamic. Intricacy is the reality of the global food supply chain, making preventing and reducing loss a tough job. 

Our work, 
chain dynamics 

So, what is being done? On the food loss side, the ADM Institute is looking at how to sustainably save food from farm to fork. 

Credits: ADM Institute/MART.

Our latest blog post follows the supply chain, telling a story of loss prevention from an institute field work perspective. It takes an on-the-ground look at human impact, economic considerations, and the role of technology innovation.  

Visit our blog to view the full article, other featured posts, the PHL in the News archive, and other information.   



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