In March 2012, PICS organized a mini-symposium during the 7th International IPM Symposium in Memphis, Tenn. During this conference, the PICS project was recognized with the International IPM (Integrated Pest Management) Award. In April 2012, PICS organized a three-day Lessons Learned Workshop in Accra, Ghana, attended by 113 participants from 19 countries. Participants included members of agricultural research and extension services, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and the private sector.
PICS2 continues research activities at Purdue and with partners INRAN in Niger, ICIPE in Kenya, and ICRISAT in India. In 2012, PICS2 launched experiments in Benin, Burkina Faso, Malawi, Mali, Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, and Senegal. More than 10 crops of major importance are being evaluated. Several national research programs, NGOs, and other projects are testing the PICS bags for storage of other crops and for reducing harmful aflatoxins in corn and peanut. Preliminary results suggest that PICS bags can control pests of stored products successfully where grain moisture is relatively low during harvest.