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.
A women's cooperative of fishers and merchants is breaking down barriers in Rwanda. Thanks to a grant from Feed the Future, the cooperative is now the only local producer of highly nutritious fish meal, and it is able to provide medical insurance and a steady income for its 48 members.
In Tanzania, Feed the Future-supported Savings and Internal Lending Communities have reached 14,500 farmers, 70 percent of whom are women. As a result, participants can invest in businesses, have access to financial services, and best of all, gain greater financial independence.