Current Partnerships

Promethean Power Systems

Partnership period: March 2017 – August 2019

Country: Bangladesh

Promethean develops cold storage solutions for processors in areas where there is inconsistent electricity and individual farmers produce relatively small quantities of milk. To expand its business into Bangladesh, Promethean is establishing a local team, developing relationships with dairy processors, conducting equipment trials, and launching an outreach campaign explaining the benefits of cold storage for dairy.

Acceso Oferta Local

Partnership Period: February 2019 – February 2021

Country: El Salvador

With increased urbanization, demand for local produce in El Salvador is outpacing local suppliers, resulting in buyers importing produce for supermarkets and restaurants. With support from Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation, Acceso will leverage its existing network of 1,000 smallholder farmers and high-value buyers to process and sell lettuce and potato to the growing market.

 

Completed Partnerships

AGCO

Partnership period: May 2014 – November 2015

Country: Zambia

Provide better postharvest storage solutions to Zambian smallholder farmers, who produce 80 percent of the country’s domestically consumed maize but lose up to 30 percent of their maize due to inadequate handling and storage practices. Better storage also increases the farmers’ ability to sell their grain for higher prices at a later time.

Compatible Technology International

Partnership period: July 2013 – July 2014

Country: Senegal

Introduce the nonprofit’s pearl millet tools to Senegal’s smallholder farmers. CTI’s pearl millet tools are mechanical, hand-operated tools that include a manually operated stripper, thresher, winnower, and grinder that in minutes process pearl millet from seed heads into clean, unbroken grain. The thresher alone allows users to process 1 kilogram of grain in less than half the time as threshing manually and results in close to zero grain loss.

Export Marketing Company Limited

Partnership period: January 2015 – May 2018

Country: Mozambique

Strengthen the agro-input market and increase the number of commercial offtakers to free smallholder farmers from being forced to sell through a network of traders, which results in low returns for their crops and insufficient earnings to reinvest in their production systems.

 

Hello Tractor

Partnership period: June 2016 – July 2018

Country: Nigeria

Increase access to mechanization. A majority of Nigerian smallholder farmers, who make up more than 70 percent of the total farming population, do not have access to mechanization that would make farming more efficient.

The Metal

Partnership period: January 2016 – June 2017

Country: Bangladesh

Establish farm machinery hubs for integrated marketing, education, training, and aftersales services supporting reaper commercialization. On average, it takes six laborers eight hours to manually reap 1 acre of paddy or wheat, while the reaper can do it in just one hour.

Niji Foods

Partnership period: September 2016 – April 2018

Country: Nigeria

Fill a market gap by producing livestock feed from cassava peels and selling the mash to animal feed businesses as a low-cost substitute for maize. Nigeria is the world’s leading producer of cassava, but peels are left unused and wasted during processing.

 

Purdue University, with Bell Industries

Partnership period: September 2013 – September 2014

Country: Kenya

Increase smallholder grain producers’ use of PICS bags to reduce postharvest losses, improve their ability to store grain for household food security, and provide farmers the option to delay grain marketing to capture increased commodity prices between harvest seasons. When sealed, PICS bags virtually eliminate insect damage for stored grain and other crops.

Purdue University, with EcoPlastics

Partnership period: March 2013 – March 2014

Country: Rwanda

Increase smallholder grain producers’ use of PICS bags to reduce postharvest losses, improve their ability to store grain for household food security, and provide farmers the option to delay grain marketing to capture increased commodity prices between harvest seasons. When sealed, PICS bags virtually eliminate insect damage for stored grain and other crops.

Rab Processors

Partnership period: February 2015 – September 2017

Country: Malawi

Work with the Agricultural Commodity Exchange for Africa (ACE) to strengthen the soybean, groundnut, maize, and pigeon pea value chains.

 

Store It Cold

Partnership period: January 2016 – August 2018

Country: Guatemala and Honduras

Commercialize Store It Cold’s CoolBot, the only low-cost alternative to traditional refrigeration in Central America, because cold storage has been too expensive for exporters who source from smallholder farmers.

Tolaro Global

Partnership period: May 2016 – May 2018

Country: Benin

Help Benin’s processors and smallholder growers gain significant value-added income from in country processing of cashews for retail sale. More than 40 percent of the world’s raw cashews are grown in West Africa, but more than 90 percent of that crop is exported for roasting, seasoning, and packaging.

Universal Industries

Partnership period: February 2015 – July 2018

Country: Malawi

Develop a commercial market for OFSP food products to provide farmers with a new source of income and increase vitamin A consumption in rural and urban areas.