A Feed the Future prize competition gives private companies cash incentives to bring low-cost on-farm storage technologies to market. In doing so, they’re helping farmers in Kenya protect their crops after harvest—and creating a vibrant smallholder market for their products.
In the developing world, nearly 30 percent of crops are lost before reaching consumers. Working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Borlaug Fellow and researcher Issah Sugri is increasing his knowledge about effective, low-cost storage technologies and practices—knowledge he now shares with farmers and extension agents in Ghana
In Uganda, farmers with crops to sell are testing out Kudu, a digital food trading platform that acts as a virtual match-maker for farmers looking to sell their crops to major produce buyers. 400 tons of food has already been sold through Kudu, and the platform shows promise in helping address inefficiencies in local food markets.
Businesswoman Astou Gaye Mbacke, an entrepreneur supported by the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Processing and Post-Harvest Handling, is using her new equipment and training to grow her cereal processing business and employ more than 100 people in her village.
With Feed the Future support, Kenya has developed and implemented a new tracing system that has improved the collection, analysis and exchange of critical data about the horticulture supply chain, enhancing Kenya’s profile as a source of safe, high-quality produce.
In Cambodia, Feed the Future is reaching families with pregnant women and children under two, incentivizing the use of key health and nutrition services and practices. With a goal to reduce stunting, this project is providing families with key antenatal care and a critical social safety net.