History

In January 2011, the Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) provided a $10 million gift to the University of Illinois to establish the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss. The institute was created in response to the rising amounts of staple crops lost each year in food chains around the world. The institute is an international information and technology hub for evaluating, creating and disseminating economically viable technologies, practices, and systems that reduce postharvest losses of commodities, including rice, wheat, maize, and oilseeds.

Core Priorities

Research
The ADM Institute is an information hub for evidence-based knowledge on postharvest loss issues and interventions. We conduct applied research to reduce postharvest losses and improve the lives and livelihoods of smallholder farmers around the world. Our research programs seek to transform supply chains, improve market functioning, and build capacity for farmers and communities. From its headquarters in central Illinois, the ADM Institute works with partners and local institutions worldwide to reduce hunger and improve the economic and environmental viability of food production systems.

Awareness
Creating awareness of the challenges and opportunities of postharvest loss reduction is one of the institute’s core missions. Our PHL in the News newsletter is a biweekly digest featuring the latest world news in postharvest loss issues. We have a strong presence on social media, with an active Twitter community and Facebook page. The ADMI blog features expert opinions, research in progress, and student experiences, and facilitates discussion on emerging topics. Following the 2015 Congress, the blog featured posts from researchers, professionals, and practitioners who presented at and attended the event.

Engagement
The ADM Institute engages with actors and stakeholders across all sectors to drive dialogue and decision-making on priorities and action steps for loss prevention. In fall 2015, the ADM Institute and several international partners hosted the First International Congress on Postharvest Loss Prevention in Rome, Italy. The Congress launched an interactive “PHL Roadmap” which will focus the global network towards achieving significant reductions by 2050. The next international congress will be held in 2018. More details to come!

Education
Education is one of the keys to preventing postharvest losses. The ADM Institute’s free online Coursera course “Global Postharvest Loss Prevention: Fundamentals, Technologies, and Actors” allows learners from all over the world to educate themselves about the issue and challenges of postharvest loss. The ADM Institute frequently hosts visitors for training programs and seminars and delivers presentations around the world. As a university-based institution, the ADM Institute is committed to the development of future leaders. We support experiential learning and student training through study abroad programs, specialized courses, and internships.