Four Intervention Points to Reduce Post-Harvest Loss
Across the agricultural landscape, critical crop yield interventions like fertilizers, bio-pesticides, drought resistant seeds, and better farming practices have been the predominate methods of improving food security. But what about the basket of tomatoes that falls off the back of a truck on a bumpy road? Or the crate of produce that spoils in the heat before ever reaching its destination? Or the fields of fruit that rot on the vine due to a seasonal glut? While these situations may seem inconsequential, individual moments of food loss add up over time.
Last year was a highly eventful inaugural year for the YieldWise program in Nigeria as we worked to reduce post-harvest loss in the tomato value chain. We recorded major milestones, but also experienced significant challenges.
PYXERA Global Convenes 22 Local and International Stakeholders in the Nigerian Tomato Value Chain
WASHINGTON D.C., January 13, 2017 /3BL Media/ -Major stakeholders in the Nigerian tomato value chain came together from across the globe for the first-ever YieldWise Partner Planning Session last month. YieldWise, a $130 million dollar initiative launched in 2016 by The Rockefeller Foundation, seeks to demonstrate how the world can halve food loss by 2030, one of the UN’s Global Goals.
Deirdre White and Laura Asiala of PYXERA Global will Address Global Challenges at Net Impact 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C., November 3, 2016 /3BL Media/ – Deirdre White, CEO, PYXERA Global and Laura Asiala, Vice President, Public Affairs will both speak this year’s Net Impact Conference, captioned Shape Your Future and The World. Ms. White will address post-harvest loss, while Ms. Asiala explore the role of the private sector in addressing the Global Goals.
At the 1959 World Health Assembly, Soviet scientist Victor Zhdanov put forth a radical idea: a global campaign to eradicate smallpox, a disease that first surfaced more than 10,000 years ago and which is estimated to have caused 300–500 million deaths during the 20th century alone. Local and multinational campaigns had shown great promise in defeating the disease across North America and Europe, as well as parts of South America, but a global campaign was an audacious suggestion. Nothing of the sort had ever been attempted.
The Rockefeller Foundation Launches YieldWise, a $130 Million Initiative to Halve Post-Harvest Loss
The earth’s global food system is facing a quiet crisis—one-third of all food produced is never consumed while 1.2 billion people go to bed hungry or under-nourished, as global economic losses mount into the trillions.
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 18, 2016 /3BL Media/ – Deirdre White, CEO PYXERA Global, gave a TEDx talk on April 9, on the solvable problem of post-harvest loss at the Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart. White’s talk was titled How Will the World Feed 9 Billion People by 2050? and addressed the severity of post-harvest loss and the solutions currently available.
Harry Pastuszek of PYXERA Global Presents on Post-Harvest Loss at International Conference
ROME, October 2, 2015 /3BL Media/ - In the effort to advance the fight against post-harvest loss the First International Congress on Postharvest Loss Prevention will convene in Rome, Italy October 4-7. Harry Pastuszek, Vice President of Enterprise and Community Development for PYXERA Global, will present on the Global Initiatives for Reducing Post-harvest Losses panel.