Since its establishment in 2011, the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has served as an international information and technology hub for evaluating, creating, and disseminating economically viable technologies, practices, and systems to reduce postharvest loss in staple crops. Through extensive research and engagement, the Institute has quickly become a prominent leader in the field of postharvest loss prevention.
Its most notable accomplishments to date include:
- Involving more than 1,500 farmers in postharvest research, knowledge exchanges and training. Through collaborations with partners such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Research Center for Rural Economy in China, the Rockefeller Foundation, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and the United States Agency for International Development, the Institute has launched postharvest loss prevention projects in Bangladesh, Brazil, China, India and other nations.
- Funding a host of major research projects in the areas of measurement and technology development; systems informatics and analysis; policy analysis; and education, training and information-transfer.
- Launching an online course on fundamentals of postharvest loss prevention that has educated more than 3,800 learners from a total of 153 countries around the world on its initial offering.
- Producing a series of animated extension videos with Scientific Animations Without Borders (SAWBO)—programs that were accessed by 200,000 farmers who learned about proper crop bagging, storage techniques and other crop loss prevention methods. The videos may be viewed at http://sawbo-illinois4.org/.
In October 2015, the Institute will co-organize the First International Congress on Postharvest Loss Prevention, a high-level cross-sector forum to be held in Rome.
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