New commitment announced at Clinton Global Initiative 2012

FOOD SECURITY SOLUTION DEBUTS AT 2012 CGI Annual Meeting

New York, September 25 – With an ever-growing demand on the world’s food supply, a Seattle-based company is taking a unique approach and has created a method to provide food and jobs by reducing post harvest waste. nanoICE, Inc. (nanoICE) has made a commitment to action through the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) to launch The Post Harvest Project (PHP), a global NGO focused on getting more food to market and improving nutrition through a holistic approach helping farmers, fishers and ranchers.



Craig Rominger, nanoICE CEO and PHP Founder, noted that PHP will positively impact everyone from food consumers to food producers. He added that PHP’s “sustainable implementation of complementary innovative technologies through the creation of profitable businesses is the only way to affect positive, permanent change in global food security.”

The first PHP Impact Country project is in Ghana. The project will focus on the fishing industry, but will use waste byproducts to help other agricultural products in Ghana. Working with local fishers and cold storage facilities, PHP will help to bring fish to market faster while simultaneously increasing its shelf life. Additionally, waste byproducts from the fish will be used to make 100% organic fertilizer – which will in turn be used on Ghana’s tough clay soils to increase yields per hectare on a variety of crops.

PHP and its partners will implement a holistic solution – with “holistic” applying to much more than just the seafood supply chain. The approach will reduce fish waste, help to clean up waterways, and reduce harbor pollution. By reducing fish waste, PHP will reduce methane gas emissions, while simultaneously increasing protein consumption in a country that currently is experiencing a 50% protein deficiency. Increasing the shelf life of fresh fish will help to increase product margins without a necessary increase in price. These increased margins should create new employment/business opportunities, and could create opportunities in remote areas of Ghana, helping to slow and ultimately turn back the migration of citizens to large metropolitan areas.

Rominger presented the PHP commitment at CGI on stage at the New York Sheraton Towers on September 25. The initial capitalization of the commitment exceeds $8.5 million, all of which will be used to dramatically increase Ghanaian fishers, farmers and ranchers’ yields from existing production. PHP’s work will begin almost immediately in Ghana, even before construction of plants, by sending organic fertilizer to farmers for use before the end of 2012.

According to the World Food Programme, one-third of the world’s food supply could be saved by reducing waste. This includes waste in Impact Countries where farmers, fishers and ranchers lose as much as 80% of their yield due to poor preservation capacity. “The growers, the providers are some of the most important people in any society, but especially in a society that is still developing commercially,” said Rominger. “PHP will help them maximize what they can produce on their land and in their countries with the introduction of  Innovation Bundles of technologies. The advantage of this approach over so many other hunger-elimination plans that have failed is that there is an economic benefit for the farmers, fishers and ranchers as they reduce waste. And, of course, they are able to provide more nutrition for their people.”

The PHP project in Ghana will be fully implemented by early 2014. The organization expects that it will expand to other Impact Countries within the next three years.

More information can be found at http://www.thepostharvestproject.org.
 

About The Post Harvest Project The Post Harvest Project (PHP) is a nonprofit organization that works to enhance natural resource yields,  reduce post harvest waste, and create economic opportunity in Impact Countries. PHP engages partner technologies to improve supply chain efficiency and provide sustainable business practices to increase the likelihood of long-term success. For more information, please visit: www.thepostharvestproject.org.

About nanoICE nanoICE is the inventor of Molecular Ice TechnologyTM , and provides custom fully-integrated, or stand alone systems to food producers, transporters, storage companies, retail grocers, restaurants, and hotels. nanoICE’s benefits include: eliminating the use of undesirable and dangerous chemicals in food processing; improved handling and increased product yields; preserving natural nutrition in fresh products; reducing waste; and maximizing the value of harvest. For more information, please visit http://nanoiceglobal.com

About the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date CGI members have made more than 2,100 commitments, which are already improving the lives of nearly 400 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $69.2 billion.

CGI’s Annual Meeting is held each September in New York City. CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world. For more information, visit clintonglobalinitiative.org and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative

 

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