Major research universities located in North America, Hawaii, Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, and South America and two major agricultural research institutes located in Israel and Morocco have joined theWORLD FOOD PRESERVATION CENTER®LLC along with GrainPro, Inc. a major manufacturer of advanced postharvest technologies. These "Sister" Universities and Institutes are working together in a unique partnership to develop new sustainable technologies to combat food loss in developing countries and throughout the world.
This joint effort is working to provide well qualified graduate students from developing countries with a world-class education in the postharvest preservation of food. If you would like to help us provide scholarships and research funds for these students to receive a postharvest M.S. or Ph.D. degree at one of our "Sister" Universities, please donate to our non-profit 501 (c) (3) public charity here. We are striving to educate an army of dedicated young scientists from developing countries that will return to their native countries and make a substantial impact on reducing world hunger.
One of the great challenges of the 21st century will be to feed a rapidly growing population. Current projections suggest the number of people on earth will outpace our ability to feed them by 2050. Food insecurity can lead not only to famine but also to political instability and violence.
Evidence shows clearly that we cannot grow our way out of this crisis. Crop yields are currently increasing at a rate of only 1 to 2 percent annually, even as we invest hundreds of millions of dollars annually in agricultural science. Yet one solution to the problem of food scarcity is too often overlooked: We already have enough food to feed billions of more people if we only saved the food we grew. One-third of the food that we produce globally is lost between the time it is harvested and consumed. In developing countries, as much as half of harvested crops are lost between the field and consumer. Studies have shown that 95% of our agricultural dollars are spent on food production—and only 5% in postharvest preservation.
TheWORLD FOOD PRESERVATION CENTER®LLC is fighting to correct this imbalance through education, innovation, and advocacy. This consortia of universities and major research institutes are expanding their existing educational programs and research priorities to place a greater emphasis on the postharvest preservation of food. The universities associated with this program are establishing M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in postharvest preservation, and their research teams are pioneering safe, natural, and sustainable technologies for preventing food loss along the food chain from harvest to consumption.