Who We Are
We are committed to providing sustainable postharvest solutions for eliminating hunger in sub-Saharan Africa through partnering with African farmers, focusing on the particular needs of African women, and creating sustainable business solutions led by Africans.
Life-Changing Tools and Services
Based in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota with offices in Dakar, Senegal and Lilongwe, Malawi, we provide smallholder farmers in Africa with life-changing, simple hand-powered and motorized tools and support them with services that allow their farms to thrive and become bountiful agricultural enterprises.
Making an impact for over 38 years
Originally founded in 1981 as "Compatible Technology International," we have decades of experience developing solutions for rural farmers around the globe with tools that have been distributed in more than fifty countries. We are committed to working as partners with the farmers and communities we work with, developing solutions that fit the needs of the people who will be using them. 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.
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Board of Directors
Lee Wallace, Board Chair, CEO at Peace Coffee
Bernhard Van Lengerich, PhD, Vice Chair, Former Chief Science Officer, VP Technology Strategy at General Mills
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
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
Moyenda Knapp, Partner at MWH Law Group, LLP
Benjamen Linden, Associate at Robins Kaplan LLC
Dr. Shefali Mehta, Executive Director at Soil Health Partners
Art Quinn, General Manager – Minneapolis at Perficient Inc.
René W. Steiner, CEO/President at Bühler Inc. North America
Susan Cornell Wilkes, Founder and President at Adventures in Giving LLC
Funders and Partners
Partnerships Corporate Opportunities
- Employee Engagement
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.