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May 2015
News in Agricultural Technology
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Hermetic grain storage is changing lives in East Africa

Farmers in sub-Saharan Africa regularly suffer massive postharvest crop losses to pests and rot. As this issue becomes increasingly prominent in efforts to improve global food security, companies and nonprofits are developing solutions that help smallholder farmers retain more of their crop, improving food security and economic opportunities. 

One solution is hermetic storage, which suffocates pests before they can damage the stored products, removing the need for chemical pesticides. In addition to Purdue's PICS bags, which were commercialized in Kenya and Rwanda with support from Partnering for Innovation, GrainPro, a US-based company, is introducing medium-scale hermetic storage, called Cocoons, in Tanzania. GrainPro's vice president recently returned from Tanzania and shared his experience on the AgTechXChange. Read all about it here!

Netafim's chief sustainability office talks business

Netafim, a global irrigation company based in Israel, is commercializing drip irrigation systems that are specifically designed for use by smallholders. Netafim's chief sustainability officer, Naty Barak, recently joined Partnering for Innovation to discuss his company's experience entering smallholder markets. 

In July, Partnering for Innovation will be debuting a video series based on Naty's talk, which will explore Netafim's motivation for working in the smallholder market and what they're doing to ensure success.

Get a sneak preview of the upcoming video series here, where Naty discusses some of the main challenges to doing business in smallholder markets.

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"To be successful, you need to fail"

What does it take to build a successful agricultural business that makes a profit, serves its customers, and stays true to its social mission all at once?

According to Popoyan's CEO Francisco Viteri, the key is to embrace change, reward innovation, put people first, and learn how to use failures to your benefit. Popoyan has become a successful agricultural business in Guatemala by following these principles.

Watch Francisco talk about how the company got to where it is and what other companies can learn from Popoyan's journey.


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