Unlocking Access to Postharvest Technologies in Kenya

January 14, 2021

Bountifield International is pleased to share recent results from its project in Kenya, entitled Mavuno Bora, (Swahili for better harvest), funded by the van Lengerich family. Through this project, we have introduced an innovative business model to unlock access to a range of postharvest technologies, primarily for staple crops, and financing for African micro-, small-,…

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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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Agribusiness Helps Smallholder Farmers Navigate Market Challenges

October 23, 2020

Nicholas Owiti, a father of three, owns and operates a Farm Service Centre (FSC) in Homa Bay County in Western Kenya. Through his FSC, he helps 500 local farmers obtain seeds and fertilizer, provides them with education to safeguard their crops, and assists with mechanical needs by offering services for plowing and threshing. After harvest,…

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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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From Seasonal to Year-Round Business Activities

September 30, 2020

Access to time and labor-saving technologies not only makes postharvest processing more efficient but is also a beneficial resource for entrepreneurial opportunities.

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Improving Quality of Cassava with Postharvest Drying Technologies

September 29, 2020

When drying cassava in open-air, it takes Namasango 3-4 weeks to fulfill an order of 10 metric tons. The dryer however, is expected to reduce the fulfillment time to just one week.

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Female-Owned Agribusiness Provides Sorghum Threshing Services to Kenyan Farmers

September 28, 2020

Jane Kisia has been a sorghum entrepreneur, and farmer for over seven years in Kisumu County in Western Kenya. She is proud to help over 1,000 farmers, particularly women by offering commercial threshing services for greater productivity.

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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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