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At 50, IITA expands research investment with 205.5ha research farm - (Jun 2017)

As the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) marks its 50th anniversary, the Institute on Thursday inaugurated a new research station in Ago-Owu in Osun state, Nigeria, as part of efforts to expand its research agenda and create impact at farm level.

Market women adopt PICS bags to eliminate post-harvest losses - (Apr 2017)

Market women in major market centers in the Ashanti, Brong Ahafo, Northern, Upper East and Upper West regions of Ghana have adopted the use of a new storage technology called “Purdue Improved Crop Storage bags (PICS bags) aimed at eliminating post-harvest losses for an enhanced food security and poverty reduction.

Farmers advised to invest in technology to reduce losses - (Mar 2017)

Kenyan farmers have been urged to invest more in research and modern farm technology to reduce post harvest losses. The message was from stakeholders who attended the first Africa Post Harvest Congress in Nairobi.

Farmers Fight Grain Loss With Purdue University Storage Solution - (Jan 2017)

For farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa, a reusable storage bag can be the difference between making a living and struggling to make it to the next harvest.

The Wonder Bag That Keeps Produce Pure - (Dec 2016)

Sarah Namwasa of Nakalama, Iganga district is what one would call an early adopter. She owns 30 Purdue Improved Crop Storage (PICS) bags of the 33,000 sold in the country in 2015.

State bets on new pest-proof storage bags to reduce maize wastage - (Nov 2016)

Grain farmers will benefit from new storage bags, which do not require the use of insecticides to prevent weevils and other pests’ invasion that have for years seen millions of bags of the produce go to wastage.

Purdue Launches Postharvest Initiative - (Oct 2016)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University formally launched the Purdue Postharvest Initiative with an exhibit at the World Food Prize meeting in Des Moines, Iowa.

Purdue Crop Storage Bags Feed Millions, Aim For More - (Jul 2016)

A Purdue University entomology professor is changing the lives of millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa.

Battling insects: Keeping pesky pod borer, bean weevil at bay - (Jul 2016)

Insect infestation, both in the field and after harvest, is a major threat to legume crops.

Purdue-designed bags prevent spoilage - (Jun 2016)

The Purdue Improved Crop Storage project was one of several topics discussed June 5-18 at the Borlaug institute on global food security.

Tanzania: New Chemical-Free Crop Storage for Tanzania Farmers - (Jun 2016)

Farmers in the region are soon to benefit from local firm's PPTL new technology which will allow them to store crops after harvesting.

Farmers advised to adopt PICS bags to store produce - (May 2016)

The Dormaa West District Best Rice Farmer for 2015, Mr Johnson Opoku, has advised farmers in the country, especially cereal crop producers, to adopt the Purdue Improved Crop Storage (PICS) bags...

Crop-Saving Bags Earn Purdue Award - (May 2016)

A team of Purdue University faculty and staff has received the College of Agriculture's annual TEAM award for the development of crop-saving bags.

Post-Harvest Technologies: Questions from the Farmers - (Feb 2016)

Earlier this month I traveled to Babati, located 200km away from Arusha Tanzania.

Changing harvest outcomes with better crop storage bags - (Feb 2016)

Better crop storage bags are beginning to be introduced where they are needed most, especially in sub-Saharan Africa.

Improved Crop Storage Bags Can Improve Harvests and Incomes - (Feb 2016)

In Sub-Saharan Africa, Purdue University’s Department of Entomology has worked with farmers to develop a multilayer plastic crop storage bag called PICS (Purdue Improved Crops Storage) bags.

It’s in the Bag: The Story of Purdue Improved Crop Storage Bag (PICS) - (Jan 2016)

Farmers at every level in Kenya’s staple sectors experience postharvest losses.

PICS bags aided farmers in Ebola-stricken Sierra Leone - (Nov 2015)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The triple-bag technology created at Purdue University to help African smallholder farmers store their crops after harvest also enabled farmers in Sierra Leone to protect their seeds when the Ebola outbreak disrupted agricultural markets.

Africa: IITA’s Solution Puts Smallholders’ Food, Nutrition and Income in a Bag - (Nov 2015)

Lagos — Sometimes the best solutions can appear to be so simple that it's hard to imagine why they weren't invented centuries ago.

PICS technology has global impact - (Oct 2015)

Purdue's Distinguished Professor of Entomology, Larry Murdock, has traveled to Africa 60 times to help farmers deal with pest control issues. Today's video and story features his most recent trip, a 10-day tour of Burkina Faso.

IITA Holds Seminar on Non-chemical Grain Storage Bags - (Sep 2015)

A seminar to highlight the health benefits and cost effectiveness of using chemical free grain storage bags was held on Tuesday by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) for farmers, traders and other stakeholders.

Ghanaian Farmers Trained On Purdue Improved Crop Storage - (Aug 2015)

Professor Joan Fulton of the Purdue University Center for Food and Agricultural Business has called on farmers to adopt appropriate means to store their grains after harvest to reduce post-harvest losses and improve food security.

Enhancing food security using PICS bags - (Aug 2015)

Effective storage of grains such as maize, beans, cowpea, groundnuts and rice has always been a major challenge to smallholder farmers, not only in the country, but the rest of Africa.

Exploring Storage and Drying Solutions for Aflatoxin Prevention - (Aug 2015)

We sat down with Sophie Walker, Chief of Party of the AflaSTOP project.

Farmers Demand for PICS Bags - (Jun 2015)

Farmer groups in various communities in the districts of Kailahun, Kenema, Koinadugu and Kambia have expressed anxiety for the new seed Purdue Improved Crop (PICS) bags.

Women Fair organized by Dr. Clementine Dabire of INERA - (May 2015)

I wish all of my friends could experience this event which is organized by my friend Dr. Clementine Dabire to enhance the lives of women in Burkina Faso by helping them to store and otherwise benefit from better food. 05/02/2015

Wasting Less of Africa’s Harvest in Order to Prosper - (May 2015)

Last year, Tanzania had exciting news: a bumper harvest of corn. But even as farmers were celebrating — corn is a staple eaten at almost every meal — much of the crop had already been spoiled, having grown moldy or been infested by insects and rodents. 05/01/2015

Keeping up with the climate: efforts to reduce African crop losses face the extra hurdle of climate change - (Apr 2015)

Farmers in tropical areas have long struggled to maximize their crop yields, but the strikes against them just continue to mount.

New solutions aim to deliver more grain from farm to table in sub-Saharan Africa - (Apr 2015)

Corn is an integral part of many meals in Tanzania and its neighboring East African countries, but much of the harvest is lost to insects, rats, or mold. Researchers are developing ways to help farmers keep their harvest fresh longer in storage. 04/13/2015

Three technologies launched to reduce post-harvest losses in Tanzania - (Feb 2015)

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the Rockefeller Foundation have launched a project to test three innovative storage technologies to help the country’s smallholder farmers reduce post-harvest losses.

Bag it up: Crop bags to store harvests - (Feb 2015)

After registering good harvests, many farmers are faced with a dilemma of storing their yields safely as all cannot be consumed or purchased at the same time.

Farmers in Tongo train on post harvest losses - (Feb 2015)

Smallholder farmers in some selected communities in the Talensi District have been trained on how to reduce Post-Harvest Losses using the Purdue Improved Crop Storage (PICS) bags. 02/03/2015

Improved sack kills weevils - (Feb 2015)

Rural farmer have Malawi join a league of nations to kill weevils without using chemicals or metal silos.

D-Lab Scale-Ups fellows to tackle irrigation in India and grain storage in Zambia - (Nov 2014)

Mitesh Gala and Carl Jensen will each receive a $20,000 grant and a year of mentoring as D-Lab Scale-Ups fellows. 11/18/2014

CLUSA Uganda rolls out New Technology that creates storage for Ugandan Crops. - (Nov 2014)

In West Africa alone, Researchers expect 1.7 million households in West and Central Africa to increase their annual incomes by an average of $150 by using them. That’s a significant increase in a place where most farmers live on about $2 per day.

Farmers in Kenya demonstrate the effectiveness of PICS grain storage bags in preventing pest damage - (Oct 2014)

Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation has invested almost $1 million in grain storage technologies that are appropriate for both on-farm and market trader storage use.

PICS bags for post-harvest storage of maize grain in West Africa - (Jul 2014)

Maize is a key food crop in West Africa, where Benin, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Nigeria account for most of the regional production.

Quality seed through storage in Burkina Faso - (Jan 2014)

Landlocked in the heart of Sahel, Burkina Faso is ranked second-to-last on the UNPD's 2007 Human Development Index.

Nigerian company licenses Purdue crop storage system that deters insects - (Sep 2013)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., and KANO, Nigeria - Farmers in West and Central African nations could benefit economically, socially and nutritionally using a crop storage system developed by researchers at Purdue University and licensed to Kano-based Lela Agro Industries Nigeria Ltd.

Bag it: Protecting crops in Africa - (Apr 2012)

Well-adapted to harsh, arid climates, cowpeas are an important nutrient-rich source of food in many parts of West and Central Africa.

Teaching Rural Farmers With Cell Phone Videos - (Jun 2011)

Mobile phones are an important business tool for farmers in rural areas.




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