International agriculture groups launch post-harvest organization

by Teresa Acklin
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   CHATHAM, U.K. — A new global post-harvest organization designed to raise the profile of post-harvest research and development and accomplish greater impact in the post-harvest sector was launched in June at the Natural Resources Institute in Chatham.

   The new organization, called PhAction, will work with public and private sector partners in developing countries to develop innovative post-harvest systems, according to Rick Hodges, a group spokesperson. “By fostering better links between farmers and markets, PhAction will enhance rural livelihoods and secure access to safe food supplies for all,” he said.

   Mr. Hodges said the group is seeking a more global membership, including major regional research bodies, key non-governmental organizations, agribusiness centers and entrepreneurs “with a range of skills that are required to meet the post-harvest challenges into the next millennium.” The organization was established by members of the Group for Assistance on Systems Relating to Grain After Harvest (GASGA), and five international agricultural research centers, including Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical, Cali, Colombia; the International Potato Center, Lima, Peru; the International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, D.C., U.S.; the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan, Nigeria; and the International Rice Research Institute, Manila, Philippines.