1. Feed the Future Innovation Lab

Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss

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. 

News Updates from the Lab

Nepal Lab Launch at Nepal Academy of Science and Technology 

On Friday, November 30, 2018 The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest loss officially inaugurated the mycotoxin analysis laboratory for food and feed at the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology as part of a stakeholder consultation workshop for mycotoxin mitigation for health, nutrition and agriculture co-hosted with the Nutrition Innovation Lab. Through the PHLIL Mycotoxin Assessment project in Nepal, we are seeking to better understand the sources of mycotoxin contamination in food and feed and link that to health and nutrition outcomes, especially for mothers and infants, in Nepal. The establishment of the lab has included training of Nepali researchers and equipping the laboratory to be able to conduct mycotoxin analysis in country.

K-State’s Land Grant Mission Highlighted by the Feed the Future Innovation Labs

The Interim Dean of the College of Agriculture and Research and Extension at K-State highlights the work of the Feed the Future Innovation Labs. Dr. Vern Long of USAID is also featured in the video discussing K-State’s broad portfolio of research, education, and service that advance the goals of Feed the Future. 

Ethiopian Scholars Research Presentation

Come join us on Wednesday, November 7 in Waters Hall 009 from 12:00 - 2:00 PM to hear from Aynadis Molla, Karta Kalsa, Admasu Worku, and Samuel Lapiso, four PhD candidates from Bahir Dar and Mekelle Universities. Mrs. Molla, Mr. Kalsa, Mr. Worku, and Mr. Lapiso will present their research on drying, storage, and mycotoxins. Mr. Lapiso will present on mycotoxin research. These students have spent the last month at K-State analyzing their data and working on manuscripts for publication, they will share their findings and their progress during this presentation. Anyone is welcome to attend.

PHLIL Receives Three-year Extension from USAID

On August 23, 2018 USAID announced a three year $3 million extension of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss. Researchers and staff are excited to have the support of Feed the Future and USAID to continue our mission of reducing post-harvest loss and improving livelihood

Recently Published Report: Science Breakthroughs to Advance Food and Agricultural Research by 2030

The US National Academy of Sciences recently published a report titled “Science Breakthroughs to Advance Food and Agricultural Research by 2030”. This report illuminates the path of transformation for food and agriculture through research over the next decade. With the global population expected to reach 9 billion people by 2050, research in food and agriculture is more important than ever before. Feeding 9 billion in 2050 requires advancements in agricultural production and food safety, which can only be achieved through transformative research. PHLIL Director, Jagger Harvey, was involved as one of the scientists at the Jamboree where scientists conferred on the most pressing research needs. At the Jamboree, thirty-seven researchers worked to articulate high priority research gaps and discussed impactful research opportunities in the food and agriculture space. Former Dean of the College of Agriculture and Director of K-State Research and Extension at Kansas State University, John Floros, served as a co-chair on the committee of scientists, helping to guide the discussion and select the contents of the report. The report provides a roadmap for the research community, including donors, to help propel US food and agriculture into a new era of sophistication, productivity, safety and sustainability.

PHL Moisture Meter Gaining National and Regional Attention in Africa 

Africanews recently featured the GrainMate moisture tester, created by Sesi Technologies and PHLIL researchers, to measure the moisture content of grains, helping prevent growth of harmful toxins, and reducing losses by 38%. These young entrepreneurs recently attended the Mobex Africa ICT Expo sharing their message of the power of ICT in agriculture with the Vice President of Ghana. Find out more about Sesi Technologies here.

Ethiopian Graduate Student finds Safer Way to Store Grain

A feature that was recently published as part of Agrilinks’ Food Safety Month highlights the cutting-edge research that Tesfaye Tadesse is doing on inert dusts for grain storage protection against insects as a PHLIL PhD student at Kansas State University. Tesfaye has also recently been awarded the Outstanding PhD Student Award, the Anheuser-Busch Fellowship, and the Kansas State University 2018 Extraordinary Student Award.

This project is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency of International Development (USAID).

The contents are the responsibility of the Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.

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