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Including African Women Benefits Everyone

March 12, 2020

When we invest in postharvest opportunities for rural women, we invest in the growth, development and nourishment of entire communities.

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Bridging the Technology Gap for Rural Farmers

February 27, 2020

Throughout our nearly 40 year history, Bountifield has always been committed to getting needed crop processing tools into the hands of rural farmers to help them improve their productivity for producing food. While we previously focused much of our attention on what kinds of tools were the most appropriate and effective, we began to learn more about another key aspect of farmers’…

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Happy Holidays

December 20, 2019

Greetings to our Bountifield Friends this Holiday Season, I am grateful for all the ways you have helped us reach our goals this year. Our small team has focused a lot this year on learning, reflecting and positioning this organization for impact. Thanks to you, we have been able to realize these activities in 2019:…

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The Impact of Innovation

November 27, 2019

Aissatou is a millet farmer in Kaolack, Senegal. Her family farm, like most in sub-Saharan Africa, is what is called a ‘smallholder’ farm. Smallholder farms are small plots of land less than five acres in size, yet these small-scale farms produce the vast majority of food in Africa. Despite this, smallholder farmers are extremely likely…

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The Importance of Postharvest Innovation for Sustainable Development

November 15, 2019

When it comes to farming technology in developing countries, the needs of smallholders are often overlooked. Investors tend to support large-scale, industrialized farms and technologies scaled to match that type of operation. However, there are 500 million smallholders around the world. In Africa and Asia, the farms of smallholders account for 80 percent of food…

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​Thomson Reuters and Bountifield International #GrindOutHunger

November 8, 2019

Over $5,700 raised during the month of October! Once again, Thomson Reuters partnered with Bountifield during the month of October to raise funds for a company-wide effort to #GrindOutHunger. As part of the company’s employee programming for community outreach and giving, Thomson Reuters employees conducted a month-long fundraising and advocacy campaign to support Bountifield efforts of bringing postharvest processing…

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Celebrating Cross-Cultural Collaboration

September 30, 2019
2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages United Nations campaign poster. "Indigenous languages provide a unique understanding of the world."

In the nearly four decades since our founding, Bountifield tools have been used in more than 50 countries around the world, spanning four continents. With a wide global reach, cross-cultural collaboration is a necessary aspect of our work as we partner with people from various backgrounds, speaking a variety of different languages. In order to…

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Women Entrepreneurs Expand Business Opportunities With Tools and Training

September 4, 2019
Women at a training session in Senegal.

Though women traditionally account for the majority of postharvest processing responsibilities, they often have limited technical support and lack access to resources that help them grow their own agribusinesses. In Senegal, we recently partnered with 30 women’s groups to provide postharvest training and support. With our gender-inclusive training, women are able to expand their skills…

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Why We Need to Invest in Agricultural Opportunities for African Youth

August 8, 2019
Group of youth in Senegal

In terms of age demographics, Africa is among the youngest continents in the world. Currently, 60 percent of the population is under the age of 25. By comparison, just 33 percent of people living in the United States and only 26 percent of the European Union’s population is in the same demographic. According to projections,…

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Cross Africa Collaboration in New Threshing Pilot Project

January 10, 2019

CTI |Bountifield recently collaborated with The Soybean Innovation Lab working to train our local manufacturing partner, C to C Engineering, on fabricating SIL’s multi-crop thresher, originally developed in Ghana. The SIL thresher is designed to be low cost, produced locally, and can be used by farmers to shell maize and thresh soybean, rice, legumes, sorghum and other crops.…

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