Press Release: Bountifield joins iDE operations, scaling up postharvest handling best practices and partnerships with local entrepreneurs for small-scale, value-added processing

The two international nonprofits deliver programs focused on scaling agriculture and nutrition, climate change resilience, and inclusive growth with last-mile farmers.

Denver, CO – (December 20, 2023) International nonprofit organizations, iDE (International Development Enterprises) and Bountifield International, today announced they are joining forces, combining Bountifield’s agricultural expertise with postharvest training and small-scale processing support with iDE’s extensive global footprint and market-based impact for last mile farmers.

As of January 1, 2024, iDE anticipates Bountifield’s operations and programs will be fully integrated within iDE, a global nonprofit committed to powering entrepreneurs to end poverty.

iDE CEO Lizz Welch said the integration will mean Bountifield’s extensive experience and know-how when it comes to postharvest processing and experience with small-scale processing would be scaled up across iDE’s field operations, spread across Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

iDE’s Postharvest Loss Techniques in Zambia

“At iDE, we are delighted to welcome Bountifield into iDE’s operations. Bountifield brings a proud history and strong reputation for agricultural programming and inclusive growth within the international development community,” said Welch.

“By bringing our operations together, we will further strengthen our impact in last-mile communities, partnering with smallholder farmers and emerging agricultural entrepreneurs to boost incomes, enabling people to prosper on their own terms.”

Bountifield CEO Alexandra Spieldoch said integrating with iDE is an important milestone for the organization, and its founder, George Ewing, would be proud to see his legacy continue.

“My goal, and that of the staff and board, has always been to increase our scale and empower more people. The integration with iDE will see us continue supporting rural entrepreneurs with tools and services to efficiently process, save, and sell more food.”

Spieldoch said the two organizations had a like minded one-to-many approach. For example, iDE supports rural entrepreneurs at the last mile with business training and technology, just like Bountifield, she said.

Bountifield’s Postharvest Processing Solutions in Kenya

Under the new arrangement, Spieldoch will step down from her position as CEO on December 31 and will join iDE’s staff on January 1. The organization’s Kenyan staff will carry on implementing programming work under iDE’s operations, while Bountifield’s headquarters staff will remain in Minnesota and be integrated within iDE’s headquarters in Colorado.

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About Bountifield

With offices in Nairobi, Kenya, Bountifield partners with Africa’s private sector to create access to postharvest technologies and business solutions for rural communities, enabling them to process and preserve more food. Bountifield provides technical, business and marketing training and support to micro-entrepreneurs, positioning their agribusinesses for success. Bountifield also develops programs that emphasize inclusive growth, with a focus on women and youth.

About iDE

iDE (International Development Enterprises) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending poverty. iDE’s work within agriculture, sanitation, climate change resilience, and gender equality, stands out because it doesn’t simply provide handouts. Instead, iDE believes in powering small-scale entrepreneurs and building robust market ecosystems that lay the groundwork for low income and marginalized people to prosper. iDE has almost 1,300 global staff and offices in 10 countries.