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Making small-scale farmers a priority is a must

February 19, 2021

Our current food system struggles to adequately feed the global population, as evidenced by the 820 million people living with hunger. Not only do high rates of postharvest loss and consumer food waste persist, but agriculture is also a major contributor to climate change.

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Zero Hunger – Getting There by 2030

December 14, 2020

By Mark Ritchie, President of Global Minnesota, and Bountifield Advisory Board Member This past year, on October 16th, Minnesotans gathered via Zoom for a special World Food Day symposium, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the creation of the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), hosted by Global Minnesota. This day-long event, “Countdown to Zero…

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The Interdependent Nature of Global Trade in Food & Agriculture

October 16, 2020

2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). This World Food Day recognizes over seven decades of joint international efforts to defeat hunger and actions toward a future in which we “Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together.” To reflect on the global interdependence of food and agriculture,…

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Supporting entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa keeps dreams and hope alive

September 2, 2020

As a Bountifield Advisory Board Member, Daniel Sopdie has vast experience in economic and entrepreneurial development, including working with strategy and implementation for technology-based programs around the world. He has a passion for sustainable food and agriculture systems and supporting the development of small enterprises in communities to develop local and regional economies. An entrepreneur…

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Bonbon Bouye Peanut Nutrition Bar: A Step Forward for Smallholder Women Farmers in Senegal

July 24, 2020

Edwin Allan is a Food Scientist with a passion for developing nutritious food products with smallholder communities. In 2019-2020, Edwin partnered with Bountifield to conduct his graduate research thesis, working with women’s groups from the Kaffrine region in Senegal. He has an MS in Sustainable Food Systems from Montana State University-Bozeman and a degree in…

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Aflatoxin: An Invisible Threat to Food Security in Rural Communities

June 4, 2020

June 7 is recognized by the United Nations as World Food Safety Day. To raise awareness of the importance of food safety, we asked our long-time volunteer and Advisory Board member, Don Jacobson, to help explain aflatoxins, the negative impacts, and how difficult it is for rural communities to combat the spread. Don is a…

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Tools Delivered in partnership with the African Institute of Corporate Citizenship in Malawi

May 27, 2020

Recently, we were able to deliver peanut processing tools in partnership with the African Institute of Corporate Citizenship in Malawi. This was part of AICC’s Women Economic Empowerment (WEE) project which will impact over 5000 women farmers across Malawi – increasing their ability to make income from growing nutritious peanuts by reducing the time needed…

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Vulnerability In Times Of Crisis

May 14, 2020

It is not often we experience a single event on a global scale to the extent Covid-19 has impacted the world. In the United States, we are witnessing major shocks to the economy and to people’s livelihoods. This includes food market shortages in addition to gaps in healthcare supplies and facilities. However, despite these challenges,…

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VIDEO – How COVID-19 is impacting communities in Kenya, Senegal, and Malawi

May 7, 2020
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Food Technology Centers Help Improve Peanut Production in Malawi

April 23, 2020

Last summer we celebrated the launch of a farmer owned and operated Food Technology Center (FTC) in central Malawi. FTC farmer members own a suite of peanut processing technologies that are available for farmers in the community to rent for a small fee. With this rental and fee-for-service business model, 2,000 farmers benefit from access…

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