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. 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

Post-Harvest Loss Innovation Lab and KNUST Launch Locally Produced Tool to Reduce Post-Harvest Loss in Ghana

On November 16, 2017, the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss, funded by the United States Agency for International Development, and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) launched the Ghana-based production of a low-cost moisture testing meter used to reduce post-harvest losses (PHL) in maize in central and northern Ghana.

Post-Harvest Loss Innovation mentioned in Nature editorial 

The Post-Harvest Loss Innovation Lab was provided as an example of Feed the Future and USAID's effective approach to applied research for development in a recent editorial in the online news section of Nature, the international weekly journal of science. The piece highlighted the BAU-STR dryer being scaled by the PHLIL-Bangladesh team at Bangladesh Agricultural University as a technology that is both scientifically sound and in demand by local farmers. A follow-on article in K-State Today further expanded on our efforts in Bangladesh. 

January 2017 PHLIL Newsletter - Focus on Ethiopia

Check out PHLIL's newest newsletter for a snapshot of our activities in Ethiopia. The newsletter kicks off a series that will highlight each of our focus countries. 

BIFAD Chair Dr. Brady Deaton talks about K-State's Innovation Labs

Dr. Brady Deaton, Chair of the Board for International Food and Development, talks to Agriculture Today on the K-State Radio Network about the Feed the Future Innovations Labs at K-state and their impact on global food security during his recent visit to K-State. 

K-State 2025 Spotlights: Feed the Future Innovation Labs 

K-State 2025 highlights the K-State Feed the Future Innovation Labs and their role in achieving the K-State 2025 vision and improving global food security.

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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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