Press Releases

• August 17, 2010 - Novelle Consulting Launches New Website
• August 16, 2010 - Erich Hinrichs and John Musser Join Novelle Consulting
• August 1, 2006 - Novelle Principal Awarded Presidential Volunteer Service Award
• December 20, 2005- Sonora State, Mexico Completes Phase I of Development Plan
• April 26, 2005 - PMA Addresses Consumption, Industry Trends with Retailers, Growers in Mexico
• April 18, 2005 - Novelle Assists State of Sonora in Five Year Plan
• June 3, 2004 - BC Hot House Chairman Al Vangelos Elected Russian Farm Project's Chairman of the Board

Novelle in the media

• April 22, 2009, The Packer - Vangelos named Produce Man for All Seasons
• April 10, 2006, The Produce News - Novelle Takes on Winogrond and Obregon as Two Senior Principals
• April 6, 2006, FreshPlaza - Novelle Adds Two New Senior Principals; Obregon and Winogrond
• July, 2005, Productores de Hortalizas - Agronegocios en Sonora
• May 1, 2005, The Produce News - Symposium Shines Spotlight on Sonora Agriculture

on the move

Novelle and Food Safety in Southeast Asia
Novelle and the Gates Foundation
Novelle and the World Bank in Malaysia
Novelle in Southern Sudan
Novelle in Georgia
Novelle in Indonesia
Novelle in Egypt
Novelle in Guatemala
Novelle in Central America
Novelle Consulting in Zambia
Novelle Consulting in the Balkans
Novelle's Indonesian Assignment
Novelle in Southern Africa
Novelle in former Soviet Union
Novelle and Work in Colombia
Bananas in Bangladesh
Vegetables in Moldova
Packing Plant in Moldova
Quality Control in Moldova

white papers

Fairtrade
Novelle Consulting and EUREPGAP
Moscow Supermarket Industry
The 5-Year Agricultural Business Development Plan for Sonora, Mexico
Marketing of Horticultural Produce in Asia-From Sonora Symposium

News


Novelle and the Gates Foundation

For many years, the world’s largest philanthropic organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) has made significant contributions in many areas, particularly medicine and education. A few years ago, the BMGF decided to enter the world of agriculture and food development.
       
This was always a complicated venture from many points of view. First, the BMGF operates on a very large scale, and it is simply not effective for them to contribute small sums of money. Second, unless one is installing large scale infrastructure projects, such as new roads or irrigation projects, it is very difficult to spend large sums of money effectively in food development in the developing world, such as sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia.
       
In their explorations into this complicated world, the BMGF found some work done by the University of California at Davis (the world’s leading agricultural university) together with Dr. Lisa Kitanoja, one of the leading experts in the world of postharvest work. After extensive negotiations, Dr. Kitanoja, UC Davis, and the World Food Logistics Organization, were asked to do a one year study of the postharvest realities of sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia, and prepare a report to the BMGF that would describe a ten year project (in - delete) that would significantly improve the lives of the poorest people in these geographic areas. Novelle principal, Henry Winogrond, was asked to join the team that would carry out this preliminary work, to particularly focus on the economic impact of the proposed interventions.
       
When the background work was initiated, two things quickly became evident. While there are extensive anecdotal reports about postharvest losses, there is no solid evidence for this. In other words, though there are endless reports dating back 25 years that indicate postharvest losses of 30 – 70% for various crops, there was no solid empirical evidence for these claims, and this data base would be extremely important to secure in order to provide the economic basis for the recommendation to be made to the BMGF. In addition, though agencies such as USAID, the World Bank, and a number of European counterparts have made attempts to support and improve agriculture in developing countries for decades, 95% of the funds have gone into production, and 5% went into postharvest.
       
Most of the calendar year of 2009 was spent in collecting the data that would provide the backbone for the report to be submitted to the BMGF. Working with local universities in Ghana, Benin, Rwanda, India and Indonesia, extensive field work was completed, and the data is now being analyzed. It is expected that this project will begin to move forward in 2010 in eastern Africa, west Arica, southern Africa, and India, with solid expectations of improving the lives of hundreds of millions of people over the next decade.