During FY 2012 we further developed systems to process the following types of crops: breadfruit, chili peppers, ground nuts, and pearl millet. This included developing working prototypes of all the technologies and conducting varying degrees of testing with farmers and food processors in Haiti, Malawi, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Senegal. We have also continued to develop partnerships with organizations in the countries listed, among others.
We also continued to dramatically expand the reach of our water chlorination project in Nicaragua. We are current providing clean water to approximately 120,000 people and the number is growing monthly.
Throughout our history, CTI has relied heavily on volunteers, but we recognize that to have an increased impact we need to have dedicated staff to advance many of our initiatives, with continued valuable volunteer support. Much of our future growth, and our ability to impact lives around the world, will be by delivering engineering solutions that require good design, systematic documentation, exacting quality standards, training and distribution systems, while carefully managing projects and partnerships.
Our goals for the coming year revolve around thoroughly field testing our pepper shredder, grain processing system, ground nut processing system, breadfruit processing system and orange fleshed sweet potato processing system, developing solid supply chains for the manufacture of each, and developing and field testing training materials. This work will be undertaken in collaboration with partners who have an on-the ground presence in the areas of implementation. In addition to our current collaborators, we are actively seeking additional collaborators. We are also seeking to find ways to make the technologies more affordable and are engaging with micro-finance institutions who can help the farmers finance the equipment.
Community or Constituency Served
We engineer technologies for small farmers in rural communities in the developing world—who make up about 75% of the global poor. We empower these farmers, many of whom are women, with affordable tools that improve their water quality, food production and their incomes.
Geographic Area Served
We serve constiuents around the world, but currently in several African countries, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Haiti, India, and Bangladesh.
Impact and Programs