2018 Annual Report Compatible Technology International

CTI Mission

Partnering with rural African farmers to save food and nourish and sustain their communities.
Eliminating drudgery and improving the livelihoods of rural African women.
Providing sustainable postharvest business solutions to African farmers.

We create sustainable solutions for ending hunger and poverty.

OVER 750,000

people impacted in communities with CTI tools and training since our founding in 1981

Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Friend,

With hunger on the rise, increased uncertainty, and all the changes in our climate, I reflect daily on what CTI, along with our supporters, are doing to help nurture and nourish the world in which we live — in a way that is transformative instead of simply transactional. We have a great opportunity to address systemic problems and bottlenecks in the food system that are directly linked to poverty and lack of access to basic resources. With access, millions of people will have the ability to sustainably feed themselves.

With your continued support, we can help millions of people today and in the future. You are laying the groundwork for a better world.

Many people don’t realize that one-fourth of sub-Saharan Africa is still food insecure — lacking in infrastructure, investment and basic services to help those most in need. So much food is still being lost after harvest because farmers lack tools, training and access to local markets. CTI’s postharvest processing solutions are part of what’s needed to change this trend.

Thanks to you, smallholder farmers in Africa have more nutrient-rich food. They are now packaging and selling a range of food products such as flour, peanut paste, breads, cakes and nutrient-rich baby food. They are nourishing themselves, their families and their communities — and they are building their businesses along the way.

Thanks to your support in 2018, we expanded our teams in Senegal and Malawi to provide more farmers and communities with tools and training. We brought our program into Mozambique to train hundreds more farmers and to develop business models to create more employment, particularly for women and young entrepreneurs. We saved food and time. We proved impact. And we developed new partnerships and collaboration.

Looking ahead, we will expand our work across sub-Saharan Africa and reach more people where there is the greatest need. We will not slow down. We will learn and grow. Thank you for all that you do to make this possible.

With gratitude,

Alexandra Spieldoch, CTI Executive Director


CTI in Senegal

We are committed to supporting smallholder farmers in Senegal through our USAID-funded program, “Yombal mbojj,” meaning “make threshing easier” in the native Senegalese language of Wolof.

There are more than 230,000 millet farmers in Senegal and more than 3.9 million millet farmers in West Africa. Most of these farmers still use the traditional mortar and pestle to thresh millet, making the demand and need for improved technologies immense. This project addresses the gap in technologies available for smallholder pearl millet producers. It prioritizes the unique needs of women smallholders, who contribute the majority of the labor involved in millet production, particularly postharvest handling and processing. Using a facilitation approach, CTI works with partners to strengthen both the equipment supply chain for CTI’s pearl millet threshing tools as well as the commercial millet value chain.

2018 Impact in Senegal

  • 90% of farmers Compatible Technology worked with were women
  • 213 communities with CTI threshers in Senegal
  • 60 new threshers ordered by farming communities
  • 828 farmers participated in CTI business training
  • 10,100 farmer partners working with CTI

65,650 estimated people impacted in communities with access to CTI technologies.

“With CTI’s program, I’m conscious of our potential and have greater self-esteem. Before, it was a taboo to see men working with women. But now with CTI’s technology it seems to be normal to have men and women working together.”

Salimata Diop, entrepreneur & CTI grinder owner

Southern Africa

CTI in Southern Africa

In Malawi and Mozambique, CTI partners with peanut farmers to increase their ability to process valuable and nutritious peanuts. We have developed a suite of tools that assist with multiple parts of processing peanuts and can reduce the time to finish a peanut harvest from weeks of manual work to just days.

2018 Impact in Southern Africa

  • 9,451 people impacted in communities with access to CTI technologies
  • 97% labor time savings for farmers versus using existing manual methods
  • 47 days estimated for farmers to receive a return on their investment in CTI tools
  • 577 farmers trained to use CTI peanut tools in Mozambique
“We are so excited about this machine. We used to develop calluses on our palms, but now we can shell a 50 kg bag with ease. It takes us less time and energy to shell a 50 kg bag than it used to take us to shell a bucket. We save a lot of time.”

Beatrice Mwale, peanut farmer in Malawi

Spotlight: Mozambique

This year, we had the opportunity to work with Winrock International as part of the “USAID Mozambique Feed the Future Resilient Agricultural Markets Activity: (RAMA)–Nacala Corridor” project. This exciting work enabled us, for the first time, to bring peanut processing tools from neighboring Malawi into Mozambique. During this pilot program, we were able to train an amazing 577 farmers from five communities on how to use CTI’s peanut processing tools. We saw great potential and need for our solutions and look forward to expanding our efforts in 2019 and beyond.

“We are so excited about this machine. We used to develop calluses on our palms, but now we can shell a 50 kg bag with ease. It takes us less time and energy to shell a 50 kg bag than it used to take us to shell a bucket. We save a lot of time.”

Beatrice Mwale, peanut farmer in Malawi

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