Providing global leadership in food security
The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss (PHLIL) is a strategic, applied, research and education program aimed at improving global food security by reducing post-harvest losses in stored product crops, such as grains, oilseeds, legumes, root crops and seeds.
The Lab’s efforts are focused in four Feed the Future countries: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, and Guatemala, with additional projects in Honduras, Nepal and Afghanistan. Through collaborations between U.S. universities and local universities, research institutions and other partner organizations, PHLIL is conducting research, testing and outreach related to drying, storage and mycotoxin detection for these key crops. Our work seeks to increase understanding of current post-harvest loss factors and task division in rural communities and households and works toward the development of technologies usable by all household members.
Isaac Sesi, a young Ghanaian entrepreneur worked with the Post-Harvest Loss Innovation Lab and Dr. Paul Armstrong, a USDA Agricultural Research Service researcher, to develop the GrainMate moisture meter, which measures the moisture content of maize and other grains. By helping farmers know when their grain is dried and ready for storage. Isaac and his team at Sesi Technologies believe this technology can help many small holder farmers and their families come out of poverty and hunger. (more...)
PHLIL Researchers Hone Lab Skills at K-State Fusarium Workshop
By: Claire Poore
From June 23-28, scientists from all over the world gathered at Kansas State University to participate in the annually-held Fusarium Laboratory Workshop.
For 20 years, Dr. John Leslie (University Distinguished Professor at KSU) and Dr. Brett Summerell (plant pathologist at the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust in Sydney, Australia, and KSU adjunct professor) have been training scientists on the diverse fungal genus of Fusarium. With nearly 700 participants from over 70 countries, the Fusarium Workshop is a hallmark of international cooperation.
The genus Fusarium is home to a variety of plant and human pathogens. One major concern is mycotoxin contamination, which can have serious impacts on human and animal health. This is an issue on which the KSU-led Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss is working on through a project in Nepal, as well as in other countries.
This year, three key members of the PHLIL-Nepal team participated in the workshop. PHLIL Director, Dr. Jagger Harvey; Dr. Gopal KC, technical lead for PHLIL’s Nepal project; and Immaculate Wanjuki, PHLIL graduate student, spent the week honing their skills in working with Fusarium and mycotoxins. (more...)US Ambassador to Bangladesh visits PHLIL Bangladesh
On Tuesday, April 24, 2019, United States Ambassador to Bangladesh, Earl R. Miller, visited PHLIL Bangladesh at Bangladesh Agricultural University and also visited Bhai Bhai Engineering, one of the of the local manufacturers of the BAU-STR dryer. Ambassador Miller highlighted the BAU-STR dryer as a unique example of collaboration between USAID, universities and the public and private sectors.
The work of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss is made possible through generous support of the American people through the United State Agency for International Development (USAID) Cooperative Agreement as part of Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative. The contents are the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the USAID or the United States government.