ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss: Vision of the Institute 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 two interview videos with Dr. Robert Easter, President of the University of Illinois, and Pradeep Khanna, Associate Chancellor for Public Engagement at the University of Illinois, on their thoughts on postharvest loss and the role of the ADM Institute in addressing this issue. You can learn more at the ADM Institute's website.
In the past four weeks, we have posted videos describing the four research categories which the ADM Institute focuses on. This week the focus is on the vision of the ADM Institute and the significance of reducing postharvest loss.
Interview with Dr. Robert Easter, President of the University of Illinois
Dr. Robert Easter discusses the importance of reducing postharvest loss - every unit of loss means increasing production with more inputs. He indicates that the state of awareness on postharvest loss in the United States is growing. The State Department is aware of the problem, and ADM, as a leading agricultural company, has great insight to engage in solving the problem. Robert also perceives that becoming involved in postharvest loss issues is an opportunity for the University of Illinois to educate students and to expand the knowledge base. Additionally, he highlights the significance of providing adaptable and affordable technology in countries with small-scale farming, such as India.
Interview with Pradeep Khanna, Associate Chancellor for Public Engagement at the University of Illinois
Pradeep Khanna discusses the significance of the University of Illinois, a premier research institution in agriculture, becoming engaged in postharvest loss issues. He highlights the importance of the ADM Institute as a unique academic-industry partnership in addressing the problem – which, if addressed, can provide a solution to world hunger issues and improve economic conditions at the same time. Pradeep also discusses how the Green Revolution affected India, and how he perceives the ADM Institute can help India to identify the next challenges in agriculture.
Robert Easter received his B.S. and M.S. in Agricultural Education at Texas A&M University, and he graduated with a Ph.D. in Animal Sciences from the University of Illinois in 1976. After acquiring his Ph.D, Robert served as a faculty member of the Department of Animal Sciences at University of Illinois. He became head of the Department of Animal Sciences in 1997, and Dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences in 2002. Robert served as interim Chancellor from 2009 to 2011, and he is currently the President of the University of Illinois. (Full biography can be found here.)
Pradeep Khanna completed his M.A. and M.Phil. from Himachal Pradesh University, India, in 1979. He came to the U.S. to complete another M.A. at San Francisco University in 1995, and his M.B.A. at the University of Illinois in 1997. Pradeep started his career as an Assistant Professor at Himachal Pradesh University in 1979. In 1981-1997, he was a member of the Diplomatic Corps of India. He was the Associate Director of the National Soybean Research Laboratory from 2002 to 2007. He served as an Associate Vice Chancellor of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Public Engagement in 2007 and Executive Director of the Office of Corporate Relations in 2008. Pradeep is currently the Associate Chancellor of the Office of Public Engagement. (Full biography can be found here.)