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Contributed by Ms. W.A.H. Champa, Research Officer, Institute of Postharvest Technology, Research and Development Center, Sri Lanka In Sri Lanka, gains in yields are often offset by postharvest losses from the stage of harvesting until produce reaches the final consumer or processor. Recent loss assessment studies have shown that nearly 35% of  produce is lost […]

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APO Secretary-General Shigeo Takenaka and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Chairman Teisuke Kitayama, accompanied by the local executive committee members of Eco-products International Fair (EPIF), paid a courtesy call on the President of the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on the evening of 9 June 2008. The visit was made prior to the official press conference on EPIF […]

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APO Secretary-General Shigeo Takenaka recently visited Pakistan in conjunction with the training course on Postharvest Management of Horticultural Crops: Fruit and Vegetable Chains. The training course, held on 2−7 June 2008, was co-organized by the APO and FAO in collaboration with the local counterparts of National Productivity Organization, Social Sciences Division (SSD) of Pakistan Agricultural […]

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In light of international interest in eco-products and -services coupled with increasing concern about environmental issues, the APO has spared no effort in distributing the recent edition of the Eco-products Directory through various channels and events. The Eco-products Directory 2008 was on display at the Environmental Showcase in the International Media Center of the G8 […]

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The APO Secretariat received a special visit from the students of Hitotsubashi University on the afternoon of 26 May. It was arranged after one student heard a speech given by APO Secretary-General Takenaka at a local event in Japan. The following article was contributed by group leader Shuji Kawaguchi, who kindly agreed to share his […]

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Contributed by Deputy Director of Industries Engineering Eng. Martin M. Nzomo, Productivity Centre of Kenya The Advanced Training Course for Productivity Practitioners (ACPP) took place in Johannesburg, South Africa, 28 April−16 May 2008. The course was organized by the APO in collaboration with the Pan African Productivity Association (PAPA) and Productivity SA and funded by […]

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The Netherlands, famed for its prize tulips, is the world’s third-largest exporter of agriculture products and a leader in high-tech market gardening, dairy farming, and modern food supply chain management “from farm to fork.” Agricultural sector productivity in the Netherlands has grown enormously in the past few decades, largely due to high-quality training for farmers, […]

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APO projects provide participants with more than merely opportunities for sharing and exchanging professional knowledge and experience in specific areas, they also allow participants to extend their professional networks. The APO actively encourages participants to maintain and utilize their APO networks as a way to generate additional postproject productivity synergy. Recently, the APO has received […]

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Contributed by Managing Director Siri Sayavong, LTM Group, Lao Trademark Agency, Lao PDR The workshop on SME Development in the Mekong Region held in Japan, 19–22 February, left me with many unforgettable memories. The workshop title may sound simple, although in function and methods this was not like any workshop previously imagined. It assembled experienced […]

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In July 2007, the APO Secretariat launched the project Making the APO a Carbon-neutral Organization. Its first effort was to offset the greenhouse gases (GHGs) emitted resulting from APO activities. This is a landmark project in which the APO’s carbon footprint was first assessed, measures to reduce GHG emissions taken in the program planning stage […]

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