Innovative Postharvest Tools for Agripreneurs
We adapt and procure postharvest technology packages for small-scale agribusinesses across sub-Saharan Africa. Our tools help small-scale farmers and entrepreneurs grow, transition into profitable enterprises, and realize their business potential.
Our Current Portfolio of Tools
Multi-Crop Ewing Grinder
Peanut Processing Tools
Key Figures - Peanut Tool Suite
RETURN ON INVESTMENT
Farmers traditionally harvest peanuts by digging with a hand-hoe and manually lifting the plants from the ground. Bountifield’s lifter consists of a frame with a blade that sinks below the ground’s surface to cut the roots of the groundnut vines, loosen the soil as it is pulled forward by an oxen or small tractor. On the back of the blade, steel rods shake off excess soil and lift the plant away from the ground. The lifter can be adjusted to accommodate the heights of different users.
After harvest, farmers traditionally spend several days tediously hand plucking groundnut pods from the plants one by one. Bountifield’s stripper is comprised of an A-shaped frame covered with a woven metal screen, similar to chain link fencing.
To operate the stripper, the user simply drags a groundnut plant across screen, putting pressure on the pods with one hand which allows the metal to snag the groundnut pods away from the plant and drops through the screen to the ground or over a tarp.
Typically, groundnuts are shelled by hand, most often by women. Farmers commonly wet their pods to soften their shells, causing considerable risk of contamination from bacteria, fungus, and aflatoxin. Bountifield’s sheller is a hand-operated device that scrapes groundnut pods between a rotating disk and stationary steel rods. The gap between the disk and rods narrows as the nuts fall down the sheller, and the nuts are easily shelled with minimal broken or split kernels.