Other Projects

Catholic Relief Services
Purdue University has been working with the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to promote PICS bags in several countries in Africa and other continents. This partnership revolves around grants funded to Purdue University or CRS by various donors. CRS and Purdue have worked together to implement PICS activities in Niger, D.R. Congo, Burundi, Malawi, Chad and Sierra Leone.

Learn more about CRS here.

Developing the Market for PICS bags in Rwanda
The overall goal of the program is to commercialize the PICS bags - increase access and adoption of PICS bags by smallholder grain producers thereby reducing their pest-related post-harvest losses, increasing their ability to store grain for household food security, and allowing them the option to delay grain marketing to capture increased commodity prices between harvest seasons. This project provides capacity building services to Ecoplastic Ltd., to manufacture and distribute PICS bags in Rwanda and neighboring countries.

Lead Partner: Bell Industries/Purdue University
Project activities: Increase access and adoption of PICS bags by smallholder grain producers.
Local Collaborators:

  • Ecoplastic Ltd.
  • NGOs
  • Cooperatives
    Focus Area: Rwanda
    Amount: US $149,500
    Start Date: March 2013
    End Date: March 2014
    Location: Rwanda - Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western provinces
    Comments: PICS bags were produced in Rwanda and successfully introduced to farmers in Rwanda and Eastern D.R. Congo through NGOs and farmers based Organizations. More than 30,000 PICS bags were sold to farmers and other users in Rwanda and Eastern D.R. Congo by the end of this project.
    Donor: Feed the Future, Partnering for Innovation
    Duration: 12 months
    Partners

    • Ecoplastic Ltd. (manufacturer and distributor of PICS bags)
    • NGOs and Cooperatives

    Grantee: Purdue University

Purdue Improved Crop Storage Market Development in Kenya
The overall goal of the program is to increase access and adoption of PICS bags by smallholder grain producers thereby reducing their pest-related post-harvest losses, increasing their ability to store grain for household food security, and allowing them the option to delay grain marketing to capture increased commodity prices between harvest seasons. This project also provides capacity building services to Bell Industries to distribute PICS bags in Kenya.

Lead Partner: Bell Industries/Purdue University

Project activities: Increase access and adoption of PICS bags by smallholder grain producers.
Local Collaborators:

  • Caritas Meru
  • Caritas Eldoret
  • Sorghum Value Chain Development Consortium
    Focus Area: Kenya
    Amount: US $386,201
    Start Date: September 2013
    End Date: September 2014
    Location: Kenya - Western, Central and Easter regions
    Comments: PICS bags were manufactured in Kenya and introduced to farmers. More than 60,000 farmers were trained on how to properly use PICS bags. At least 1000 farmers’ groups and markets were reached with demonstration activities. Among the participants of demonstration activities, 65% were women. Among pilot farmers 69% were women. More than 60,000 PICS bags were produced and sold to farmers and other users by the end of this project.
    Donor: Feed the Future, Partnering for Innovation
    Duration: 12 months
    Partners

    • Bell Industries (distributor of PICS bags)
    • Caritas Meru
    • Caritas Eldoret
    • Sorghum Value Chain Development Consortium (SVCDC)

Bean/Cowpea Purdue/IRA Collaborative Research Support Program Cowpea Storage Project (CRSP)
This project discovered and developed technologies to prevent losses of cowpea grain to bruchid beetles during storage of the grain after harvest in Cameroon. It was funded by USAID.

Donor: USAID

Lead Partner: IRA (Institut de Recherche Agronomique later becoming IRAD (D for Development) and Purdue University, World Vision, Save the Children, Catholic Relief Services
Focus Area: Cowpea storage technologies
Amount: USD $3.2 million
Start Date: March 1987
End Date: June 2002
Location: Cameroon, later across West Africa
Comments: Project eventually expanded from Cameroon into the whole region
Donor: USAID
Duration: 15 years
Partners: IRA (Institut de Recherche Agronomique later becoming IRAD (D for Development) and Purdue University, World Vision, Save the Children, Catholic Relief Services
Grantee: Larry L. Murdock

 

 

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