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

April is Post-Harvest Month on Agrilinks

Post-Harvest Month on Agrilinks

This April is Post-Harvest Month on Agrilinks, and the Post-Harvest Loss Innovation Lab is hosting! Join us as we take an in-depth look at how reducing post-harvest loss creates more resilient communities. Read the opening post from PHLIL Director Jagger Harvey and USAID Senior Nutrition Advisor Ahmed Kablan and check in regularly for many more posts and discussions. The month will culminate with a webinar led by PHLIL on April 30 at 8:30am CT.  


Entomology Seminar speaker, Dr. Georgina Bingham from Vestergaard to share about new innovations in post-harvest commodity warehousing in Sub-Saharan Africa

In partnership with the Kansas State University Department of Entomology, the Post-Harvest Loss Innovation Lab is hosting Dr. Georgina Bingham, Senior Technical Specialist and Global Partnerships from Vestergaard, to share her seminar titled "New technologies for age old problems, changing the face of small holder post-harvest commodity warehousing" on January 28, 2020 at 4PM in Waters Hall 231. You can find the zoom link to watch the seminar remotely here


Young Entrepreneur Fights Food Loss with Innovation 

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...




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.