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ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss: Policy Analysis 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. Over the last two weeks we have posted about Measurement and Development Technology and Systems Informatics and Analysis. The category of this week focuses on Policy Analysis.

Policy Analysis aims at analyzing the effect of policies on postharvest loss. Tools will be developed to determine the extent of policies on postharvest loss. Models will be created to understand the decision-making of policies on infrastructure, information and technology investment. By examining how policies affect postharvest loss, researchers can provide suggestions and evaluations on potential improvements.

The following two videos are interviews with each project’s principal investigators in this category.

Supply Chain Policy and Strategy Analysis for Prevention Postharvest Loss 

Mindy Mallory discusses her research on the interaction of people along the supply chain and how the market may affect postharvest loss. Mindy believes that reducing postharvest loss can be one of the solutions for food and hunger problems, and she expects to provide some solutions within this project. Mindy also discusses the importance of finding collaborators from different disciplines to solve the postharvest loss problem together, but she also finds it to be challenging in conducting international research.

The Nature of Small Landholder Agriculture in Brazilian State of São Paulo and Parana and Implication for Understanding Postharvest Loss

Mary Arends-Kuenning discusses the magnitude of postharvest loss and its impact on food security. She also highlights the importance of bringing researchers in different disciplines together for postharvest loss issues. Her research focuses on the extent of postharvest loss on smallholder farmers in Brazil.

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Biographies

Mindy Mallory received her B.S.E and M.S. in Mathematics at Emporia State University, and she graduated with a Ph.D. in Economics at Iowa State University in 2009. From 2009, she has been working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois. (Full biography can be found here.)

Mary Arends-Kuenning completed her Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Michigan in 1997. In 1998, she started her career in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2005. She is also the Director of Lehmann Institute for Brazilian Studies at the University of Illinois. (Full biography can be found here.)