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ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss: Education, Training and Information Transfer Videos

The ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss was founded in 2011 in response to the increasing amounts of oilseeds and grains lost each year in food chains around the world. In 2012, the institute invested $2.1 million in seven research projects focused on efforts to reduce postharvest loss. The institute has prepared short interview videos with lead researchers for each of these projects to explain why research should be conducted in this area, current challenges, and what success would look like for their projects. You can learn more at the ADM Institute's website.

These seven research projects have been grouped into four categories based on the theme of the research. We posted about Measurement and Development Technology, Systems Informatics and Analysis and Policy Analysis in the past three weeks. The last category focuses on Education, Training and Information Transfer.

Education, Training and Information Transfer focuses on the need for education and training for farmers and managers, as well as transferring information to bring practical applications to the field. Educational materials will be developed, and implementation practices established to enhance the performance of farmers and supply chain participants.

The following video is an interview with a key project’s principal investigator in this category.

Education, Training and Information Transfer to Minimize Postharvest Losses – Scientific Animations Without Borders

Barry Pittendrigh discusses his project of Scientific Animations Without Borders (SAWBO), which is a project that provides information to low-literate learners. His project will provide tangible materials for low-literate learners to use directly in the field. Barry discusses the challenges in implementing the project. He also highlights the importance of the ADM Institute to bring researchers with different disciplines across the world to address the issue of postharvest loss.


Barry Pittendrigh received his B.S. Honors in Entomology at the University of Regina, Canada, in 1990. He then came to the U.S. to complete his M.S. at Purdue University in 1994 and Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999. In 2000, he returned to Purdue University as an Assistant Professor. Barry is currently a Professor in the Department of Entomology at the University of Illinois, and a C.W. Kearns, C.L. Metcalf and W.P. Flint Endowed Chair in Insect Toxicology. (Full biography can be found here.)