In 2013, Partnering for Innovation supported the introduction of Purdue Improved Crop Storage bags (PICS) in Kenya as a means to commercially address the country's significant postharvest grain losses. These hermetically-sealed bags provide chemical-free storage for smallholder farmers, who can lose up to 15 percent of their harvest to pests and rot.
This simple, affordable solution to the problem of postharvest grain loss has caught hold in Kenya, and it continues to expand with global efforts to prevent food waste. Nearly 200,000 bags were sold after two years on the market, and by the end of 2015, that number had jumped to 310,000. Partnering for Innovation connected local distributor Bell Industries with the USAID-KAVES project, which continues to buy and promote PICS bags in Kenya.
Learn more about how Partnering for Innovation, USAID-KAVES, and their local partners made this technology a success!