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
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.
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.
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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