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Polamreddy V. Reddy Joins K-State Grain Science and Industry Faculty as Managing Director of Feed the Future Lab

Date Posted: March 4, 2014

Manhattan, KS—Kansas State University welcomes a new faculty member, Polamreddy V. Reddy, into the College of Agriculture as he joins the Department of Grain Science and Industry.

Reddy was appointed as adjunct professor earlier and is serving as the managing director of the new Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-harvest Loss.

This lab is the third Feed the Future Innovation Lab established at Kansas State University and is part of the U.S. government’s global hunger initiative.

This lab is focused on the reduction and prevention of post-harvest loss initially in four target countries that experience the most measurable losses: Guatemala, Ghana, Ethiopia and Bangladesh.

Within each of the four countries, there is a key investigator team made up of members from the U.S. as well as in country to help measure these losses.

Reddy is excited to be a part of this research and the opportunity to help people.

“Together we can identify what the post-harvest loss is for the area and measure the loss of quantity and quality,” Reddy says.

“We can then set up research teams with the faculty and other local experts to train the farmers and others involved in the grain supply chain.”

Reddy, who is a graduate of Kansas State University and former faculty member, has had more than 40 years of experience in the industry.

Most recently he was with General Mills in the international division where he gained extensive experiences overseas, working with farmers and suppliers, and also with grain processing so he understands what it means to preserve grains for quantity and quality.

Between his time at K-State and his expertise in the industry, Dirk Maier, department head of Grain Science and Industry and director of the International Grains Program, says Reddy brings a broad range of skills and expertise to the Feed the Future project.

“Dr. Reddy brings both industry and university experience to the table,” Maier says.

“He knows how to work with partner universities, collaborate with companies and work with smallholder farmers and other value chain partners to help make a difference in these efforts to prevent and reduce post-harvest loss.”

Although Reddy had retired from General Mills he knew he wanted to be a part of this research project because he wants to help make a difference.

He knows how vital it is to these countries to reduce their postharvest losses so they can improve their food supply and nutrition.

“I hope that my experiences will help bring success to the project and assist these countries in learning how to better their food supply,” Reddy says.

“I have worked for 43 years and I came out of retirement for this because I have a passion for helping people.”

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