Postharvest Loss Prevention, ICT, and Innovation in Measurement. Steve Sonka, Director May 21, 2013. AGENDA. Future food security challenges Several “views” of postharvest loss The ADM Institute Themes Sustainable prevention of postharvest loss Innovation in measurement.
Steve Sonka, Director
May 21, 2013
Per capita food consumption
Per capita food waste and food loss (Kg/year)
In SE Asia, physical losses range from 15-25%.
Quality losses range from 10-30% (loss in value)
Sustainable Prevention of Postharvest Loss
Cost of Reduction
Cost of Reduction
“Another priority in the poorest countries must be to reduce the tragic waste of losses after harvest from inadequate storage, transportation and pest control.”
“.. we urge …a goal of cutting in half these post harvest losses by 1985”
Henry Kissinger. 7th special session of the U.N. General Assembly. September 1, 1975
Adopted as a resolution of the U.N. General Assembly. September 19, 1975
“What's measured improves”
– Peter F. Drucker
"Measurement is the first step that leads to control and eventually to improvement. If you can't measure something, you can't understand it. If you can't understand it, you can't control it. If you can't control it, you can't improve it."
– H. James Harrington
"What gets measured gets done, what gets measured and fed back gets done well, what gets rewarded gets repeated.“
– John E. Jones
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The visible outcomes
Changes over time
6.7 Billion mobile phones world-wide at the end of 2012
India in 2012
Brazil in 2012
Nigeria in 2012
Just under half of the population in India (i.e., more than 500 million people) use text messages on a regular basis
Social network helps !
Finding Gas in NYC after Hurricane Sandy
For sound medium and long term
planning, what do we need to know?
A combination of remote sensing and crop yield modeling can provide this information under certain conditions
Color shows crop establishment
cyanlate Dec to early Jan
red&greenstill under land preparation in mid-Jan
Sentinel 1A & B satellites
Global coverage every
6 days 20-m resolution
“Open data is often referred to as the concept that information should be freely available to the public, without restriction or charge for its use by others. In the food and agricultural realm, open data is an essential piece of finding the answers we’ll need to feed the world.” (USDA, 2013)