To spur development of a low-cost thresher that would help improve farming in developing countries, Feed the Future partnered with a Ghanaian engineer to hold a contest for the best thresher. With the help of an American family-owned business, participants now have the know-how to produce a winning design.
In our first guest blog of the year, Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer Bruce Williams shares the experiences and the friendships he’s made through a USAID program. Bruce has worked with farmers across the world to help them solve tough problems and provide for their families and communities.
Check out these five agricultural partnerships to see how Feed the Future and its U.S. partners continue the long tradition of helping people across the world access new technology. These innovations are helping farming families put food on their plates, drive economic growth, and fight back against poverty.
For nearly 30 years, U.S. and international scientists have been developing solutions to protect the sorghum industry from a deadly pest. Today, that research – along with the work of other Feed the Future Innovation Labs – is paying off and giving farmers and food producers at home and abroad the tools to protect their livelihoods.
Sometimes, the best offense can be a strong defense. That’s why Feed the Future is working with scientists abroad to slow the spread of a tomato-destroying pest before it makes its way into the United States. By being proactive, the scientists hope to save farmers millions in economic damages.
The Millennium Challenge Corporation, a Feed the Future partner agency, is bringing together an American faith-based organization and community volunteers in Indonesia to tackle childhood stunting there. Through media and community outreach, they are helping kids in Indonesia reach their full potential.
Storage bags are one of the most effective and affordable crop storage solutions for smallholder farmers. But until recently, they weren’t available in Kenya. A partnership between Purdue University and Feed the Future is changing that, creating market opportunities for African and American companies alike.