Programs

FY 2020 Annual Report

June 7, 2021

Our Annual Report for fiscal year 2020 is now available! Learn more about our impact and program activities from July 2019 – June 2020.

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Women Entrepreneurs Leading Resilient Food Systems in Africa

March 8, 2021

While the coronavirus pandemic has been disruptive to the daily lives of everyone around the world, it also both highlights and exacerbates inequities of specific groups of people. One of these inequities is that of gender differences, particularly for those in rural areas. With more needs for caretaking of family during various stages of lockdown,…

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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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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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