Who We Are

We partner with farmers and entrepreneurs so they can better nourish and sustain their communities, reduce the drudgery and improve the lives of rural women, and provide sustainable postharvest business solutions 
across Africa. 

Life-Changing Postharvest Solutions

Based in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota with offices in Dakar, Senegal and Lilongwe, Malawi, we partner with the African private sector to provide smallholder farmers and rural entrepreneurs a portfolio or programs and support services that allow their farms to thrive and become more bountiful agricultural enterprises. We focus on developing solutions that fit the needs of the people that will be using them, in order to achieve a greater impact, with long-lasting positive effects for future generations of Africans.  

Making An Impact for Over 38 Years

Originally founded in 1981 as "Compatible Technology International" by engineers from General Mills and Pillsbury, we have decades of experience developing solutions for rural farmers around the globe with tools that have been distributed in more than fifty countries. Over the last three decades, we have made tremendous strides in combating hunger and poverty in emerging economies and impacted hundreds of thousands of people. 

Learn More About Our History


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Our Goal

By 2025, we will partner with millions of African farmers and rural entrepreneurs,

filling gaps in postharvest markets so that Africa can feed herself. 

Board of Directors

Lee Wallace

Lee Wallace - Board Chair

CEO at Peace Coffee

Bernhard Van Lengerich, PhD - Vice Chair

Former Chief Science Officer, VP Technology Strategy at General Mills
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Al Sullivan - Treasurer

Managing Partner at Kinnan Capital

Andrea Kajer - Secretary


Robert Wilcox - Chair, Governance Committee

Founder at Mironet Consulting, Inc.

Jared Brewington - Chair, Development Committee

Owner/Operator at Funky Grits
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Renee Munro - Chair, Marketing Committee

Vice President of Marketing at Delaget

Appo Agbamu

Founder at Ahrvo, LLC

Michele Anderson, PhD

Sr. Clinical Research Associate at 3M

Gerard Klein Essink

Director/Entrepreneur at Bridge2Food

Todd Harper

ITQ Director at General Mills

Dr. Shefali Mehta

Executive Director at Soil Health Partners

Susan Cornell Wilkes

Founder and President at Adventures in Giving LLC

Art Quinn

General Manager – Minneapolis at Perficient Inc.

Current and Previous Funders and Partners

Opportunities to Partner With Us

Partner with us and join in reaching millions of people in Africa with solutions to reduce the loss of their harvest, produce more usable food, and build self-sustained economic opportunity in their communities.

Partnerships Corporate Opportunities

  • Employee Engagement
  • Sponsorship
  • Co-branding

Institutional Partnerships Join in scaling our solutions across Africa


We provide expertise in engineering, supply chain and food and agricultural technology for small-scale technology solutions.

Supply Chain Partnerships

We work with African government, manufacturing, and distribution partners for taking needed technology to scale.

Training for Women & Youth in Agribusiness

We invest in farmers as entrepreneurs, also focusing on new opportunities for women and youth, through technical, business/marketing and food safety training.