Nourishing the Planet Blog — January 2012

"In this week’s episode, Nourishing the Planet discusses how Compatible Technology International (CTI) is providing rural farmers with technologies—such as cool storage sheds and food processing grinders—to better help them harvest, store, and sell their crops."

September 2011 — Star Tribune

"Bread bakers have a chance to show their stuff Oct. 1 at the Mill City Farmers Market first Bread Festival, sponsored by Gold Medal Flour. Categories are quick breads and yeast breads, with prizes awarded as well as general adulation. There also will demos by baking experts Zoë Francois and Michele Gayer, using the market's outdoor kitchen and a brick oven. Compatible Technology International, a nonprofit group working to fight hunger in the developing world, will be demonstrating its grain grinders."...

AgriNews — September 2011

"Minnesota National Guard's first team headed to Afghanistan specifically to support farmers has a lot of support waiting back home.... Compatible Technology International, a non-profit organization in St. Paul, can give advice if they have questions about post-harvest processing and water issues."...

Minnesota Daily — September 2011

"The plants growing on a one-acre plot of land in St. Paul may hold the key to ending the famine that has ravaged East Africa.

The University of Minnesota’s Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics is tending to a variety of foreign crops traditional to Africa in hopes of developing post-harvest farming devices and tools for subsistence farmers.

Under a banner proclaiming “The Lost Crops of Africa,” it planted in an experimental field on the St. Paul campus with the help of Tiffany Stone, an applied plant and science major who works as a student assistant on the project.”

Star Tribune — September 2011
"Most Minnesotans have never heard of grains such as ivory teff or pearl millet -- much less wondered how to harvest them.

But a variety of odd-looking crops, traditional to Africa, are being grown for the first time in an experimental field in St. Paul under a banner announcing "Lost Crops of Africa.''

The folks behind the strange site, all workers at Compatible Technology International of St. Paul, are part of a growing movement to encourage African farmers to plant more of these drought-resistant crops and improve yields. Partnering with agronomists at the University of Minnesota, they are inventing equipment to revolutionize the way poor small farmers harvest and husk the grains."

Star Tribune — August 2011

"Compatible Technology International Inc., of St. Paul, also welcomes a toilet design that doesn't just cover up human waste. The nonprofit disinfects drinking water in developing countries.

Village water often comes from mountain streams that pick up contaminants -- including human waste -- on the way downhill. The waste also winds up in fields where crops are grown.

Anything that keeps the water supply clean improves public health, said Roger Salway, executive director."

Jamaica Observer — August 2011

"The Trees That Feed (TTF) Foundation will next week ship some 600 breadfruit trees to Jamaica, as part of its ongoing efforts to reforest tropical areas that produce edible fruit.

The goal, the foundation's website explains, is "to feed people while benefiting the environment"...

To get its work done, the TTF Foundation also works in conjunction with several partner organisations, including Michigan State University, the University of St Thomas in Minnesota, the National Tropical Botanic Gardens, and Compatible Technology International -- all out of the United States.

"Together we are actively working to develop methods to preserve and process the breadfruit into flour and other products, and ultimately create an export demand."

Nourishing the Planet — June 2011

"In its effort to alleviate poverty and hunger in the developing world, Compatible Technology International (CTI) designs, builds, and distributes affordable post-harvest tools—such as a cool storage shed and food processing grinder—for rural farmers in the developing world. CTI’s devices can help farmers process, store, and sell their crops."...

Mechanical Engineering MagazineJune 2011

"In the early 1960s, when I was a Peace Corps volunteer on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, I had a colleague who, like me, grew up on a farm in Iowa. In St. Lucia, he worked with small farmers in a remote area. He was really out there in the field, more isolated than the rest of us.

When he returned to his hilly, southeast Iowa farm, his father suggested they clear some timber from their bottomland to have more pasture for their cattle. George thought that was a good idea and immediately went to town and bought a machete.

“Gosh darn,” his father told me later, “I thought it was a good idea for George to go to St. Lucia and help those farmers get ahead, but now he comes home and wants to set me back 200 years.”...

Minnesota Daily March 2011

"Deqa Muhidin was expecting a lot more than 4 ounces of rice and a glass of water for dinner when she attended Oxfam America’s Hunger Banquet on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus Friday.

She joined more than 200 people for the interactive experience that explored issues like poverty, hunger and women’s rights by placing participants in the very different realities of men and women around the globe...Glenn Corliss, a volunteer with sponsoring organization Compatible Technology International, was one of the lucky few to eat a complete meal that evening. 'This illustrates the problem of poverty and food distribution in many ways,' he said, motioning to those sitting on the floor and eating rice. 'It’s not just the food but the relative discomfort. To be honest I feel privileged and a little shameful.'"...


America.gov — February 2011

"Technologies themselves can provide a platform for microentrepreneurship, according to Roger Salway, executive director of Compatible Technology International, a not-for-profit group. For example, the use of an adjustable grinder for different crops designed by his organization for West Africa not only cut the grinding time from between eight and 10 hours to less than one, but also “allows women to educate their children, take care of family’s health needs or earn extra income from additional flour they produce,” he said."...


America.gov — February 2011

"In 1993, Englishman Trevor Baylis designed a windup radio that does not need electricity. He hoped his invention would help spread information about AIDS prevention and treatment in Africa’s rural areas. But when he approached manufacturers, they rejected his invention, questioning its commercial value. Eventually, he got the radio into production in South Africa, where a local investment firm decided to fund it."...

Hindustan Times — January 2011

"A centre for nutrition, rehabilitation and research with a new treatment for malnourished children will be set up in Dharavi. LTMG Hospital, Sion, Compatible Technology International (CTI) a US-based non-governmental organisation involved in designing food and water technologies in developing world and Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) have come together to start the centre."...

National Geographic — November 2010

CTI's Pepper Eater was featured in National Geographic (5th side) when the concept was developed by Stanford University students:

"Ethiopian women have for centuries crushed chili peppers by hand—a time consuming, painful way to add value to a staple spice. The Pepper Eater mills chilies four times faster, creating uniform flakes and sparing hands from chili-oil burns."...