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The proposed congress is a first-of-its kind, high-level forum on postharvest loss prevention. Participating partners and organizations will have the opportunity to exchange ideas, technologies, policies, and postharvest loss implementation issues, as well as formulate needs and plans for future actions.

The purpose of this international conference is to:

  1. raise awareness of the significance of postharvest losses with reference to global hunger issues,
  2. provide a common platform for the exchange of knowledge and information on the current status of postharvest loss interventions,
  3. share knowledge, information, and ideas on the adaptability of postharvest loss intervention plans, practices, and policies,
  4. share success stories and current initiatives from key partners in mitigating postharvest loss issues,
  5. create a global coalition for elevating and addressing immediate needs to solve postharvest loss problems,
  6. create partnerships for resource allocation and management for postharvest loss reduction,
  7. and develop action plans for mitigating postharvest losses.

This international congress will bring together "the community of practice" that cares about postharvest loss reduction and mitigating global hunger issues. We attempt to bring together organizations and individuals from both developing and developed countries to form a global coalition for mitigating postharvest losses. Participants will include the world's leading experts on postharvest loss and prevention in the technology/research, education and outreach, and policy fields; in addition to funding agencies such as foundations, governments, private industries, international organizations, and nongovernmental organizations.

Expected Outcomes:
This international congress will bring together the best and brightest minds from around the world concerned with postharvest losses. The following are expected outcomes:

The conference will provide to all participants:

  1. a clear understanding of global postharvest loss issues through keynote addresses, formal presentations and informal discussions,
  2. presentation of state-of-the-art knowledge on technologies, methods, policies, and status of agricultural production and postharvest practices that will help mitigating world hunger problems,
  3. networking opportunities among stakeholders—policy makers, business partners, producers, administrators, researcher/education/outreach experts, government/private/international organizations, and funding agencies—that will establish new relationships and open lines of communications between scientists, governmental policy makers, industry, and philanthropic organizations,
  4. the formation of a high-level coalition group to provide direction to future postharvest loss prevention activities and an avenue to integrate resources from various partner organizations to solve real-world postharvest problems,
  5. a showcase of success stories and community of practices that highlight appropriate adaptation of postharvest loss prevention strategies,
  6. a sense of revitalization that translates into action items for postharvest loss prevention,
  7. and an ability to contribute to the improvement of livelihoods of farmers and other stakeholders.

The Prevent PHL Blog Campaign is now accepting submissions to showcase individual work of Congress participants and raise awareness for PHL issues and interventions. Contribute an original blog post here, and follow the discussion at #PreventPHL.

The ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
144 National Soybean Research Center MC 637
1101 West Peabody Drive
Urbana, Illinois 61801
(217) 244-3086