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On March 29, 2017, Popoyán inaugurated the Centro de Excelencia Microbiano  (CENEM), one of the most modern production facilities of microorganisms in Latin America. With the potential to produce a variety of biological solutions at a large scale, Popoyán is ready to meet outstanding demand of smallholder producers in Guatemala’s Western Highlands.


Since Popoyán’s MIPFuturo activity began in June 2015, the project has expanded` from five initial crops of peas, onion, potato, tomato, and peppers to thirteen smallholder crops and has added carrots, coffee, cardamom, French Beans, fava beans, Brussel sprouts, garlic, and broccoli. To date, Popoyan has trained more than 4,000 small growers, implementend more than 300 Technology Transfer Plots in the Western Highlands, and trained more than 350 community leaders. The lead farmers are a key part of generating a sustainable extension and commercialization strategy. We depend on lead farmers to expose and train their neighbors on biological solutions, often for the first time, as well as making the products available for sale in rural areas. Popoyán is currently working with a local finance institution that will provide leaders with a line of credit that allows them to create their own rural agribusiness with attractive margins built in to the business model.


Initial field-level reactions to using biological solutions has been positive with farmers realizing they can earn more income as well as contribute to their personal and environmental health. Of course, it has not been easy to convince farmers immediately to use biological control solutions and, often times, farmers will validate the technology on a small plot of land over one season to test the economic return and effectiveness of the new products before completely changing their production habits. Our lead farmers and some customers have been participating in a cost-benefit analysis that shows, depending on the crop, economic returns of three to ten times more than their initial investment and when compared to traditional growing practices. In addition to enhanced product quality, farmers see expanded harvests in one crop cycle. For example, one tomato farmer reports six harvests in one season using biological controls versus three harvests with traditional methods. Income gains alone are not the only benefit. Farmers report that plants look healthier, vegetables are juicier, and they no longer have headaches from applying chemicals.  The information from the Technology Transfer Plots and the cost-benefit analysis serves as the basis for our marketing and sales strategy. Popoyán provides a business model focused on environmental, economic and social sustainability. Sales are beginning to increase and now with CENEM’s capacity, we expect great business growth. 


Field-level technical assistance and quality production are priorities for Popoyán. In addition to the lead farmers and demonstration plots, Popoyán has field-based technicians that provide technical assistance to the growers to achieve high performance results. This technical assistance combined with the technology package we offer are controlling pests and diseases to provide smallholder farmers with opportunities to regain control of their land and make more money! Some of the biggest impacts we’ve had to date with our technology package are in controlling rust in coffee; fusarium in tomatoes; nematodes in potatoes, onions and garlic; trips in cardamom and peas; and,tetranichus urticae in peppers. Growers are understanding that implementing the Popoyán biological package in their crops is a smart investment that brings excellent returns financially and in productivity.


Looking towards the future, Popoyán hopes that CENEM will help Guatemala be a center for developing new biotechnologies. CENEM can be a reference for Latin America and other countries with new products developed for other crops, and custom-made solutions trialed and accelerated for crops, regions, and extreme conditions such as droghts, high rains, and climate change. There is no doubt that with Popoyán’s biological package combined with the sustainable extension model of adopting technology, it can be one of the most powerful tools to develop sustainable agriculture in Latin America.

MIT has long been a hotbed of innovation and is now in its second year of offering a one week course titled Innovation and Technology in Agriculture and Environment. More information on the course can be found here. From last year's reviews, it looks very informative, and the professors and students will make up a fantastic support network as you pursue your innovation commercialization.

No Pain with CoolBot, just gain.

Success stories of early adopters

A local producer from the eastern Honduran city of Danlí took his vegetable crop to the collection center three hours away from his farm; it took him a 48-hour time window to collect, pack, and send the product to its final destination. It would have been a normal harvest deal if it wasn’t for the news he was about to receive: $2,500 worth of product was damaged and did not pass the inspection for sale so it was turned down. That was supposed to be his profit from that harvest. For a $3,500 one-time investment we could have offered him a cold room big enough for his crops.

On the other hand, those smallholder farmers and small businesses that have converted to CoolBot are sharing how the quality of their products has improved and boasting how the operating cost to achieve that improvement is very low. COPRAUL, an Ocotepeque collection center for more than 45 local farmers, is the perfect example of the gain made possible by CoolBot. Before, they used to load trucks in the evening and send them at night to Walmart’s collection center in Tegucigalpa. The skin of some of the vegetables showed some damage because they were harvested and put into baskets at room temperature and put in coolers until arrival at the collection center. This resulted naturally in damaged product sent back, and that translated to losses.

Now, equipped with a 20-foot CoolBot cold room and better storing practices, even the staff at Walmart, who purchase COPRAUL’s produce, have pointed out a significant improvement on the skin of green peppers, radishes, and carrots, and healthier cilantro leaves. Storing crops in a cold room right after being picked from the field has improved quality and better margins are now achieved.

Luis Acosta, from accounting, has pointed out how the electric bill has come down since Super Mercado El Colonial, a San Pedro Sula-based supermarket chain, has converted to CoolBot. Along with the savings on the electric bill, he’s amazed with the simplicity of maintaining the equipment and praises the easy conversion process. A commercial rate is applied to an electric bill to businesses using industrial cooling units and consumption can generate a monthly bill oscillating from $400 to $500. With a household mini split A/C unit, the rate applied is residential and consumption is about $200 per month.

David Tábora is one of the very early adopters of the CoolBot technology in the country. Finding himself in need of a cold room for his dairy operation and not having the capital to cover industrial cooling equipment, with can cost $30,000 for a comprehensive solution, searched for a more affordable yet functional option and found out about CoolBot. In his testimonial, he emphasizes how easy is for a “regular guy” to operate CoolBot. In fact, he states that anyone can set up and run a CoolBot cold room, and challenges people to lose their fear of handling setup and maintenance, instead of spending large amounts of money to hire qualified manpower to run, diagnose, and repair cooling units that require high voltage and a lot of moving parts.

There is no pain associated to CoolBot, just gain. Our customers are witnesses and promoters of these gains, such as the accessible pricing on the cooling equipment, the savings every month on their electric bill, and how easy it is to operate, and low maintenance required by a CoolBot system. And gross margins are looking better now, much better than ever.

Our Cool Honduras Adventure with CoolBot!

Store It Cold dares to explore the “catracho” market with revolutionary cooling tech.


Bringing a new technology to the Honduran market can be quite the endeavor; skepticism has put up a fight when it comes to innovations on the cold room concept. People here in Honduras initially react with great curiosity and skepticism to the fact an AC unit can reach temperatures below 18°C; people with technical experience in refrigeration are quick to dismiss the idea of an AC reaching low temperatures.

That is, of course, until they learn about CoolBot.


Our first experience in presenting the technology to a mass audience was at the biannual AgroMercado fair in Honduras in 2016. There, we got a chance to present CoolBot in action with our mobile unit, and producers got to see it first hand as well as those in the refrigeration industry. Our mobile unit is an 8 feet long by 4 feet wide by 4 feet tall insulated box with the CoolBot and a 12k BTU mini-split; what makes it special is that  we’re able to reach temperatures as low as 1°C and we average 3°C, even in the hottest places in the country. No sweat, we’re cool.


The reception to CoolBot has been very successful and people have started to believe that a cold room can operate with an AC unit, and feel very attracted to the savings CoolBot promises to deliver if conversion to it takes place. Initial market feedback indicated that people needed a complete solution, rather than a DIY (do it yourself) approach. So we’ve adapted to offer the complete package: the CoolBot, an AC unit, and the construction of an insulated room; rather than just sell the CoolBot.


Now, what’s really important is to see how local producers can now create a better cold chain that can significantly improve the quality of their products, from daily needed fruits and vegetables, dairy products, and meats to the finest cheeses, beers, and wines. And with better quality come better margins. Better margins allow the opportunity for growth; this is positive for companies like Super Mercado El Colonial for example, who purchased a CoolBot for their “centro de acopio” and who buy product from 18 smallholder farmers, who in turn are benefit from a stronger, more secure supply chain into which they can sell more of their product.


Before CoolBot, the only commercial option was out of reach for most people. It was something only big companies could afford. The price tag on just the conventional equipment to cool a small room runs at around $4,000 to $7,000 USD. Producers report losses going from 20% in the dairy and meat industry, 35% in seafood, and up to 45% in the agriculture field due to a faulty or absent cold chain. These losses directly impact the pockets of small holder farmers, because half of their work is not turned into profit but rather into low quality goods that are sold at a lower price or worse, turn into waste that cannot be sold at all.


CoolBot has come to shake things up and emerges as not just an option, but the option, the smart and easy way to have a cold room in Honduras.

We’re still dealing with an education issue to open up the path amongst the producers because they feel investing money on something of this nature is either unnecessary or not critical. Even when they’re losing money every harvest, on every batch of new product and moving them away from that train of thought is imperative to trigger the sale of a new technology such as CoolBot. To address this education issue, we’ve been working on partnerships with government institutions and schools and companies of recognized names such as El Zamorano, one of the leading voices in the agro industry, and recently Standard Fruit Company has chosen to convert to CoolBot, which we believe is a powerful sign to those still skeptical of this technology.


There is a piece of wisdom we find rather appropriate for our operation:

Those who plant in tears    will harvest with shouts of joy.


It hasn’t been easy, as anything new never is to place in the market. But our technology returns so much more to those who decide to invest in it, and we believe that Honduras is about to experience a transformation in storing and moving products that demand a temperature-regulated process. CoolBot is leading that transformation in a country where the strongest wealth generation activity takes places in our farms and fields, and half of that wealth has been affected due to the lack of cold storage options. Smallholder farmers face these challenges every harvest several times each year, they are in much need of a solution that is within their reach to improve their supply chain and reduce postharvest loss.


There is lots of work to be done ahead, but the adventure has been so alluring thus far that we strongly believe every demo day, every visit to dairy producers, meat packing factories, and to fields of cucumbers and tomatoes will pay off and will turn into massive demand for CoolBot-operated cold rooms.

We will be there to supply them all.

We are a group of young people and women that is intending to start agribusiness investments as one of the solutions to alleviate poverty and empower the youth within our community. We have got various projects but we intend to start with mushroom production and offer mushroom training within our community. We are therefore looking for partners or investors or mentors who will provide us with funds or advice to facilitate the establishment of the project. Currently production is being done informally at a very small scale so we would like to involve a bigger of number of participants especially from the youth and the girl child in the community.

Due to capital constrains and high levels of poverty and high unemploymènt rates the community came up with a business proposal to produce mushroom for the local markets and also for the international markets. Mushroom production can easily be undertaken by anyone and it relatively requires little capital to start unlike other businesses. We intend to start mushroom production on a small scale basis which we will continuously grow and involvê all  youth and women.

The target is to involve at least one member per household in the project until we are able to produce relatively huge tonnage of mushroom over 20 tonnes per year targeting revenue in excess of $200 000 per year. The project will extensively focus on the production of  Oyster Mushroom and Button Mushroom however we will also focus on other mushroom species that might do well in Zimbabwe in the future, which will include (these species have already been introduced in the country although at a minimal level) Siitake (Lentinula Edodes), King Oyster, Gelden Oyster,  Hericiu Erinaceus, Auricularia and Volyariela Volvacea.

The community will be divided into groups (for easy assessments and evaluations) and each individual group will target an annual production of approximately 5000kgs per year which should translate into revenue in excess of $30 000 in the short term and target revenue in excess of $200 000 in the long. Due to capital challenges that is facing most individuals in Zimbabwe we are seeing the project as a simple strategy in the community to improve familly wellbeing and empower the girlchild and the youth.

We have also realised that there are various websites that provide cover on information communication and technology but there is not even a single website that is dedicated on providing agribusiness information in Zimbabwe. We are  therefore looking foward to estàblish a website that will be used as an awareness tool about our project and the website will also cover other agribusiness activitises and programmes nationwide. The website will also cover other world wide agrobasẽd programmes like AgTechXchange so we intend to create it as hub for agribusiness activities in Zimbabwe. We will also utilised mobile apps like whatsApp and facebook to increase awareness on our programme and other agribusiness activitiês that are happenning nationwide and worldwide.

For more details please feel free to contact on  romechongore@gmail.com or sênd a messege on whatsApp on +263774649089


aQysta: Reducing Smallholder Irrigation Costs by up to 70%


Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM EDT
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USAID's Global Development Lab aims to bring the latest innovations directly to USAID programs on the ground. Your program has been identified as potentially benefiting from an innovation, called the Barsha Pump. You are invited to join us for a short webinar to explore how the Barsha Pump may help you achieve your program goals.


About the Innovation: aQysta's Barsha pump is a highly efficient, sustainable water wheel technology. The pumps provide fresh irrigation water, without polluting the environment and at zero operating costs to the farmers. The technology is supported by grant funding and technical assistance through Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development. Currently operating in Nepal, Indonesia, Turkey, Spain, Colombia, and Zambia, the Barsha Pump is rapidly expanding to new locales.


Why Join? Join us to learn more about how aQysta and it's Barsha Pump are helping farmers save up to 70 percent in irrigation costs and how this technology can potentially benefit your programs.


Register to learn more about how your program can benefit from this technology.

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Please register for this webinar by April 11, 2017. If you have any questions or issues with registration, please email lkavanaughulku@usaid.gov.



Due to their small farm sizes, price sensitivity, and limited uptake of improved seeds and inputs, the smallholder market segment has been largely ignored in recent years, with seed companies preferring to focus on the large until recently relatively stable NGO and government contracts who purchase seed for aid and development programs.

In recent years, however, policy changes have meant that these NGO and government markets are drying up while, alternatively, donors like USAID have promoted agricultural development in Mozambique through encouraging smallholders’ direct purchase of certified seeds and inputs as well as other improved technologies, which increases agricultural production. The result is that smallholders are not only buying more seeds themselves now but are also becoming increasingly demanding in terms of quality, price, and availability.

Considering that Mozambique has some 36 million hectares of arable land and 2.5 million smallholder farmers, whose land accounts for 99% of total farms or 90% of the cultivated area[1], the smallholder segment is substantial in terms of client numbers and potential for growth. Indeed, it is probably the market segment for any seed company wishing to secure its long-term foothold in the seed market in Mozambique.

Perhaps the single greatest challenge for seed companies wishing to gain a foothold in this market is the lack of cost-effective rural distribution systems. Given the country’s sheer size (approx. 801,000 square km) and poor transport network, distributing any product is hard work. Add to that mix a high value product which needs to reach the remotest of rural communities and you have a recipe for logistical difficulties and high distribution costs. This can make certified seed too expensive for many smallholders’ limited budgets and it puts seed companies off targeting rural consumers.

Despite these challenges, Phoenix Seeds is one of the first seed companies to take advantage of this market opportunity and tackle the distribution problem head on. This was made possible by the SEEDS project buying down the risk for Phoenix to engage with this segment. Previously, Phoenix limited its seed sales to areas immediately within range of its commercial farm in the Vanduzi district of Manica province, but with USAID-funded Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation (P4I) support of the SEEDS Project implemented by NCBA CLUSA, this firm expanded out of Manica and gained a foothold in the Nampula and Zambézia provinces, establishing long term business relationships with a network of over 250 agrodealers. These agrodealers vary in terms of size and sales capacity - ranging from smallholder farmer seed promoters with demonstration plots and small rural stores to larger, established agrodealers who serve as distribution hubs that receive and store Phoenix product before distributing it to smaller agrodealer retailers, agribusinesses, and other clients.

Nampula city-based agrodealer Amilcar Dalton is owner of AgroDalton, one of three agrodealer hubs in Nampula province. SEEDS coordinated the initial contact between Phoenix and Dalton, arranging for Phoenix staff to visit his store and begin business negotiations in terms of products, price, quantities, and delivery/payment terms. From there, SEEDS staff supported Dalton in placing his seed orders and assisting in coordinating the delivery process from Phoenix farm to AgroDalton. With recommendation from NCBA CLUSA and regular technical assistance from the SEEDS project, Phoenix has felt confident enough to provide stock on consignment basis, increasing AgroDaltons’s sales volumes.

During the 2016/17 seed sales season, Amilcar Dalton received 2.7 tons of maize and sugar bean from Phoenix on consignment basis for a commercial value of over $3,500. He sold this for a little under $6,000, representing a gross margin of around $2,500, which he invested in the purchase of further stock for his store. This relationship was a win-win situation, with Dalton benefitting from increased income from seed sales and Phoenix benefitting from the fact that AgroDalton served as the its Nampula storage and distribution point - an invaluable resource for Phoenix since it lacks its own storage facilities, physical presence, or staff in Nampula province. AgroDalton has played a pivotal role in receiving trucks carrying Phoenix product from the farm in Manica, overseeing its unloading and transport to his own warehouse for temporary storage, and coordinating the receipt and dispatch of 110 tons of Phoenix seed to other buyers such as other agrodealers, individuals, and commercial farms in Nampula province during the 2016/17 campaign. That represents 113 tons of seed (enough to sow around 5,500 ha of land) that wouldn’t have reached Nampula province if it hadn’t been for SEEDS’ intervention.

Amilcar Dalton is just one of 282 SEEDS supported Phoenix/Oruwera agrodealers who have realized seed sales are a lucrative source of income, amounting to over 142.5 tons of pigeon pea, soya been, sugar bean, cowpea, sesame, and peanut seed and sales to 15,683 smallholder farmers during SEEDS’ duration. This has brought economic benefits not only to Phoenix and its agrodealers but also to those smallholder farmer clients—farming around 7,100 ha of land—who expect to see higher yields and improved livelihoods from using certified seed in their agricultural production.

The SEEDS project (Smallholder Effective Extension-Driven Success) is an NCBA CLUSA managed program supported by Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation, with funding from USAID, which works in partnership with two Mozambican seed companies—Oruwera and Phoenix Seeds—to increase smallholder farmers’ access to certified, improved seed.

We along with some engineers and professors from selected universities in Nigeria are exploring the possibility of delivering an innovative clean energy and fuel out of farm,household and office wastes for lighting, cooking and powering of engines in homes and offices.

The research though very innovative is very challenging with high capital demand.

Partnership and sponsorship are welcomed.

We shall make the outcome public in due time.

A simple storage solution, NO CHEMICALS NEEDED- The Purdue Improved Crop Storage (PICS) bags!


PICS bags are triple-layer hermetic bags designed to store grains without using chemical. PICS is a simple, fully commercialized technology that benefit smallholder farmers the world over. PICS are effective at stopping insect damages after harvest on several grains including cowpea, common bean, chickpea, pigeon pea, mung bean, maize, rice, sorghum, millet, bambara groundnut, peanut, hibiscus seed, and sesame.


With PICS bags you will:

  • Keep grain clean and free of insects.
  • Increase income
  • Increase food security 
  • Store seed for planting
  • Stop aflatoxin contamination in stored grain


Want to buy PICS bags, click here!


Interested in partnering, click here!


PICS is composed of three distinct plastic bags, one placed in the other, and hand-tied to create a hermetic seal. PICS transfers its licensing for manufacture and distribution to a local company, increasing distribution and availability, for smallholder farmers at the very low price of under $3.00 for a 90 kg bag in Rwanda or Kenya, for example. All of these qualities set PICS a part for commercial potential when Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation first partners with Purdue University to take the technology from the research lab to the market. The commercialization started in 2013 and now in 2017 PICS bags are widely available: click the link above or here for finding where and how to purchase the bags.


CoolBot Honduras

Posted by storeitcold Apr 6, 2017

Tolaro Global (Tolaro) is a for-profit primary processor of cashews founded in 2010 in central Benin. It is an outgrowth of Projects for Progress, a not-for-profit organization who has been focusing on providing clean water sources and educating women since 2008 in central Benin.


Undaunted by infrastructure challenges, our founder and CEO, Jace Rabe, saw opportunity for processing cashews in a region that grows more than 40% of the world’s cashews, but processes less than 5%.  He knew that agronomy training for local farmers, to improve the size and quality of their crop, as well as to provide staple crops, was integral to making a sustainable local value chain.  And he knew that the longer and more robust the value chain is, the more sustainable it is.  Thus, his vision extends from producing saplings in Benin to producing retail packages of cashews for the United States.

While vision is the usual impetus for a start-up, funding is the most common issue, especially when the addition of a step to the local value chain must combat both industry practices and lack of infrastructure.  Therefore, we partnered with Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation to invest in the creation of a new processing facility that will focus on roasting and seasoning cashews, which should be completed by October 2017. The new facility and cashew line will be known as Rotissage, and will roast, season, and package nuts for western retail markets.


Additionally, we have invested in the training of farmers to help secure the quality of cashews that we will offer in retail packaging. Since the start of the partnership, we have trained 1,500 farmers in agronomy practices that will allow them to grow more cashews, to intercrop staple foods between their rows, and to be more likely to participate in the profit sharing from the Rotissage business unit. One specific success of the training initiative is that of Alagbe L’Ahana, who participated in a previous training program conducted by Tolaro Global.  Here is her story, from her perspective:


My name is Alagbe L’Ahana. I live in Tourou and am married with two children, a seven-year-old daughter and a three-year-old son.  In 2010, I started taking the life skills course for women at Projects for Progress.  In 2012, I received my certificate of excellence.  Because I did well in the class, I was chosen to be a host for future trainings.  In 2015, I was trained to be a lead-farmer through a joint project between Projects for Progress and Tolaro Global.  I learned several things that helped me to grow crops in the same fields I grow cashews. This was difficult work.  I had to remove trees to make space for crops and I had to prune other trees to make them more productive.  Cashew wood is very hard.  But now I have a good yield of cashew.  On the same land, I grow soybeans, maize, sorghum, peanuts and yams, all on one hectare of land, shared with the cashew trees.


I am a seamstress by trade and, thanks to the profit that I realized from the farming project, I built a beautiful workshop, well-equipped with both a manual and an electric sewing machine.  From my farming and sewing, I can support my family and even send my children to school.  Now, my husband is interested in the farming.


Since 2008, SOCAP has created a platform where social impact leaders can connect and present their ideas to a global audience. The annual flagship is coming up soon - Oct. 10 - 13, 2017 -  in San Francisco, California, bringing together more than 10,000 impact investors and social entrepreneurs. It is an opportunity to learn, network, and grow your business and this year they opened up their scholarship program early!


Check out the details of the scholarship program here. It covers the following costs so that you can participate in the exciting event:

  • Free SOCAP17 full conference pass (valued at $1495)
  • Impact Accelerator @SOCAP – tailored entrepreneur programming pre-conference
  • Hostel accommodations for the duration of the conference
  • Recognition and high visibility in the SOCAP program
  • Dedicated mentorship from notable impact leaders


Jump directly to the application form here!

Calculating your business' employee turnover rate helps to understand your overall staffing costs, particularly because it is costly to hire and train new staff. There are many websites available that explain, in depth, how to calculate the turnover rate, associated costs, and solutions for remedying a high turnover rate. However, the basic calculation for an annual turnover rate is quite straightforward:



# employees who left during the year


(# employees at start of year + # employees at end of year) / 2


Thinking about staff turnover is a major part of any human resource (HR) department, but it affects a company's bottom line. Here are some quick reads about staff turnover:






May 24, 2017

8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

230 South LaSalle Street

Chicago, IL 60604

REGISTER:  Global Midwest Alliance - Gleaning 2.0: Reducing Food Waste for a Food Insecure Planet


Global Midwest Alliance invites you to its first program in the Alliance's 2017 Innovation, Growth and Globalization Industry-Focused Series. Past food industry programs have focused on food safety, policy changes, science-based opportunities, global food production and sustainability, and food supply chain management in an era of transparency.


Food waste occurs along the entire supply chain from farm fields and animals to harvest, while in transit, storage, production, distribution and even consumption. Juxtaposed with these major losses that occur in food supplies through waste, the world faces a growing population where enormous problems exist in malnutrition along with the very real threat of greater food insecurity in the near future. Yet, this situation offers many innovative opportunities for businesses to create value, develop new technologies and uses for food waste, and provide additional jobs across the Midwest and around the globe. Through innovation and imagination, firms can provide sustainable solutions that will help feed the world.


Global Midwest Alliance will explore these themes on May 24 during this exciting morning program at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. The program will feature a keynote speaker from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a group leading the charge in the U.S. to reduce food waste. We will present two panel discussions with distinguished speakers from across the supply chain, including a panel that will address the role of innovation, both within firms and across sectors, in reducing food waste. Another panel discussion will focus on opportunities for business growth and global openings to meet worldwide needs through reduction of food waste and promotion of sustainable practices.  


Join the Global Midwest Alliance and network with leaders from industry, government and other organizations as we pursue solutions to the food waste challenges facing the world.  For more information about food waste and efforts to overcome its impacts on the world, please visit these websites:  https://www.usda.gov/oce/foodwaste/ or https://furtherwithfood.org/what-can-we-do-about-it/.


The cost to attend this industry breakfast program is $95 per person, payable at the time of registration. Seats are limited.  Please REGISTER on or before May 22, 2017.  For more information, visit www.globalmidwestalliance.org




8:00 a.m.
Registration, Breakfast and Qualified Introductions

8:30 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks


8:45 a.m.
Keynote Presentation: Top Five Innovations to Reduce Food Loss and Waste in the 21st Century

Elise Golan, Ph.D., Director for Sustainable Development, Office of the Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Agriculture


9:15 a.m.
Innovation and Technology Panel


10:15 a.m.

Networking and Coffee Break

10:30 a.m.
Growth and Global Opportunities Panel

11:30 a.m.
Questions and Closing Remarks



Global Midwest Alliance is a business-led, region-wide organization dedicated to transforming the Midwest into an internationally recognized leader in innovation and business growth.  The Alliance aligns and integrates resources throughout the Midwest helping businesses to grow by leveraging existing resources to develop new products and find customers throughout the world. The Alliance is the Private Sector Liaison Office for the World Bank and a member of Global CONNECT.  Through these and other affiliations, the Alliance facilitates access to global business opportunities for Midwest business.  The Alliance offers educational and networking opportunities through a variety of programs and resources designed to promote innovation, technology development and access to global opportunities in the clean technology, energy, food, logistics, manufacturing and water industries.


The World Bank Private Sector Liaison Office (PSLO) network is a group of 160 business intermediary organizations in 107 countries around the world working to foster trade and investment between countries with the support of the World Bank Group’s products and services. PSLOs facilitate private sector access to World Bank Group business opportunities, services and knowledge, and act as the voice of the private sector in advising the World Bank Group on how to better engage companies on development issues.

Hello! UC Berkeley is organizing a conference on Strategic Perspectives on Innovation in Agrifood Supply Chains: Profitability, Sustainability and Global Change from April 18 - 20, 2017, in Berkeley.


The program is bringing together leading international and US-based industry players such as Mars, Bunge and Woolf Farming, investors such as Better Food Ventures and Agriculture Management and representatives from academia and civil society.  Addressing both developed markets and emerging economies, the program will focus on supply chain innovation by downstream players including retailers, wholesalers and processors and upstream actors including farming companies, input providers and financial institutions. The program will also highlight the role of policy, government and civil society innovation and cover a range of commodities including grains, horticulture, livestock, seafood, cocoa and sugar.


Solidaridad is co-sponsoring the event and can offer some seats at a considerable discount as against the full conference price. Interested participants can email madhyama@solidaridadnetwork.org


The agenda can be found here and the link to register is here. Short videos by last year's speakers can be found here.

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