Enabling Successful Scaling of Postharvest Innovations
Recent experience has shown the importance of resilient food systems and the essential role of postharvest management as a pathway to build resilience. Moreover, postharvest losses affect food availability, food security, and food safety all of which impact smallholder farmers’ incomes and the environment. While technical solutions to reduce postharvest losses are well known, widespread adoption has remained a challenge.
Join this ADMI webinar to hear three successful innovators from two USAID Feed the Future Innovation Labs discuss postharvest technologies they have developed and key solutions that have enabled adoption and scaling.
This webinar is the first in a three part series that brings together experts from universities, research institutions, non-profits, and the private sector to share best practices, lessons learned, and priorities in postharvest loss reduction.
Register online at reducingphl.eventbrite.com
The ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss (ADMI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has spent the last decade promoting innovations, pioneering postharvest food systems research, and building capacity towards better postharvest management. This ADMI sponsored webinar series commemorates the 10th anniversary of the institute. Learn more about ADMI at postharvestinstitute.illinois.edu
Md. Monjurul Alam
Professor & Director
Bangladesh Agricultural University
Dr. Md. Monjurul Alam is a professor at the Department of Farm Power and Machinery, Faculty of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Bangladesh. He is a frontier researcher in the field of agricultural machinery and contributing over the years for appropriate agricultural mechanization and value chain analysis of agricultural sub-sectors. He earned his PhD from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK in 1988 and completed Post-doctoral research from Silsoe College, Cranfield University, UK. He has led collaborative research with many national and international organizations. At present, he has been leading two, USAID Feed the Future and ADMI funded projects ‘Postharvest Loss Reduction Innovation Lab (PHLIL)’ and ‘Appropriate Scale Mechanization Innovation Hub (ASMIH)’ in Bangladesh. He is also the Director of Green Energy Knowledge Hub (GEKH) funded by DANIDA and IFC. He worked as a consultant for FAO, World Bank, DFID, GiZ, DANIDA, IFC, SEDF etc. Dr. Alam served as the Director of the Bangladesh Agricultural University Research System (BAURES) and coordinated national and international funded researches. He has published more than 80 peer reviewed scientific papers in national and international journals. He is widely recognized for his excellence in teaching, research and professional leadership.
Assistant Research Professor & Director
University of Missouri
Dr. Kerry Clark, is an Assistant Research Professor in the Division of Applied Social Sciences and the CAFNR International Programs Director. Dr. Clark first worked in appropriate technology in Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali in the 1980s. Since 1993, she has been a soybean breeder and crop scientist at the University of Missouri. After starting with the Soybean Innovation Lab in 2014, she realized that lack of mechanical threshing capacity was a serious bottleneck in soybean production in Africa. Since 2016 she has been working to improve local manufacturing capacity for multi-crop threshers and expand service provision networks in ten countries in Africa.
CEO & Head of Product Development
Isaac Sesi is an entrepreneur and innovator passionate about leveraging technology to solve some of Africa's most pressing problems. He has a BSC in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from KNUST and is on track to receive a Masters in Business Creation from the University of Utah. Isaac currently leads Sesi Technologies, a Ghana-based agritech company as Founder and CEO where they are developing technologies to solve problems in Africa's food systems.
Isaac is a 2019 MIT Technology Review Innovator Under 35 along with the founders of Google and PayPal, and a member of the inaugural list of #50Next, a global list of young leaders shaping the future of Gastronomy. As an international speaker, Isaac has addressed thousands of students, professionals, professors and government officials in over 12 countries. He has spoken in top universities including MIT, Yale University, the University of Florida and Ashesi University. His work has been featured in numerous publications and he has had the opportunity to showcase his work to several Heads of States including the president of Ghana, the Chancellor of Germany and Prince Charles of Wales. As a startup mentor and consultant, he helps startup entrepreneurs and small businesses refine their business ideas and leverage digital technologies to grow their businesses.
Professor & Director
ADM Institute for Prevention of Postharvest Loss, University of Illinois
Dr. Alex Winter-Nelson, Director for the ADM Institute for Prevention of Postharvest Loss (ADMI), is the Associate Dean for International Programs and Acting Associate Dean for Research in the College of Agricultural Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois. He is a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics. He has been at the University of Illinois since completing doctoral studies in applied economics at the Stanford University Food Research Institute in 1992. His research has been motivated by a desire to understand the relationship between market institutions and poverty in developing countries. This research has been based on field work in Eastern and Southern Africa and South Asia. Professor Winter-Nelson has also been active in developing academic programs and has served as graduate program director in the Center for African Studies and the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics. His work in Africa was reinforced through visiting appointments at Egerton University in Kenya and at The University of Pretoria in South Africa.