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.
2018 Annual Meeting
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News Updates from the Lab
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.
The dates have been set for the 2018 Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss Annual Meeting, which will take place at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign this year.
Post-Harvest Loss Innovation Lab and KNUST Launch Locally Produced Tool to Reduce Post-Harvest Loss in GhanaOn 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.
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.
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 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).
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