- Identify agricultural commodities or other food products that suffer losses to insects during storage in developing nations for which PICS technology – in the current or modified form – might serve to prevent losses, reduce insecticide use, and add value.
- Test the technology through collaborative projects with scientists in developing nations, primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa.
- Implement economic analyses to estimate the benefits that might accrue if the technology were optimized for the commodity in question and manufactured and adopted.
- Develop plans to disseminate the technology for those commodities where effectiveness and economic feasibility are evident.
Dissemination will focus on grains, grain legumes, oilseeds and other crop products shown to have high potential to benefit from PICS technology. Potential agribusiness partners will include agricultural input suppliers, sack vendors, millers, food processors and grain traders. Extension partners will include NGOs, national extension services, women’s groups and farmer associations.