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Give to the Max Day is an annual 24-hour celebration of giving here in Minnesota. Whether it’s a donation or a Facebook post, you can help make this year’s event a success—empowering more small farmers to overcome hunger, rise from poverty, and build hope.

Tell your friends and loved ones why they should choose CTI on Give to the Max Day!

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Promote Give to the Max Day by changing your profile picture to our "I Gave" photo (below). Right click to save the image. After changing your profile picture, encourage others to give by sharing one of the posts in the following section.

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Post on Social Media

The following are suggested Facebook/Twitter posts you can share with your networks. Encourage your friends and loved ones to join you and fight for a world in which hunger is in retreat and poverty is in decline.


  • Today is Give to the Max Day! I gave to Compatible Technology International (CTI) because investing in small farmers is the single most effective method of reducing global poverty. Help CTI empower more small farmers rise above hunger and poverty by visiting their page and making a donation now!


  • It’s Give to the Max Day! Join me in giving to @compatibletech. Visit their page to learn more and donate: #GTMD15


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Innovation tour & reception

Thursdya March 23, 4:30 – 6:00 pm


Visit CTI to learn about how Minnesotans are partnering with farmers in Africa to equip families with inventive, life-changing farming tools. You'll have the chance to tour our innovation lab, try our technologies, and take part in engaging conversation. Refreshments will be served.

RSVP today by signing up at our Eventbrite page, by emailing, or calling 651-632-3912.

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CTI Spring Benefit Dinner

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
212 2nd Street Southeast
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Join us for a "journey across Africa" and a celebration of 35 years of working with farmers to eliminate hunger and poverty.

5:45 • Cocktails, music & marketplace
6:45 - 8:45 • Dinner, Auction, & Program



Al Sullivan
Alexandra Spieldoch
Andrea Kajer
Appo Agbamu
Bernhard van Lengerich
Bob Mairs
Cathie Hartnett
Courtney Briggs
D’Anne Briggs
Dan Fasold
Don Jacobson
Doug Dunlay
Ed Galle
Gary Ballman
Gene & Loralee Di Lorenzo
Jared Brewington
Judy Hawkinson
Judy Mandile
Kai Knutson
Ken Hjelm
Khadi Aidara
Lee Wallace
Leila Poullada
Maria Bliley
Mark Kalla
Mark Ritchie
Mary Kate Boylan
Meghan Fleckenstein
Moyenda Knapp
Ndaga Mwakabuta
Pat Sullivan
Patrick Arenz
Paul Healey
Phil Johnson
Phil and Sue Zietlow 
Rene Steiner
Richard Fulmer
Robert Scarlett
Ronald Christenson
Rukia Abdi
Scott Montgomery
Sharon Sayles-Belton
Steve Clarke
Steve Clough
Susan Cornell Wilkes
Valdi Stefanson
Vern Cardwell
Joseph Kubes


Technology Director

Position Title: Technology Director
Position Type: Full-time
Compensation: DOQ
Deadline to apply: The position is open until filled.


Compatible Technology International (CTI) is a nonprofit organization headquartered in St. Paul, MN whose programs provide simple post-harvest technology solutions for small farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa. We were founded in 1981, and throughout the years, we’ve equipped small farmers in more than 40 countries with affordable technologies for threshing, winnowing, milling grain, drying and storing crops.

We design, test, and adapt technologies that reduce food loss, improve food quality, and reduce drudgery for women farmers. We work with local manufacturers and distributors to make them available and accessible. We help train farmers with the technologies to expand their opportunities.

Millions of small farmers continue to depend on rudimentary tools – such as hand hoes and mortars and pestles – to harvest and process their crops. The inefficiency of these tools contributes to food loss and poor food quality. Though larger-scale technologies are available in some urban centers, small farmers are most in need of more simple, affordable options in the rural sector.

Position Description:

CTI is seeking a Technology Director who will lead CTI’s technology department, supporting our expanding programs in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide overall strategic leadership, management for, and implementation of CTI’s technology department
  • Assess existing post-harvest agricultural equipment in developing countries to build the CTI technology portfolio
  • Coordinate U.S.-Africa engineering and design teams (research, prototyping, testing)
  • Oversee manufacturing partnerships, including quality of supplies and final products
  • Lead technical training and capacity-building as needed through CTI programs

Required Experience and Qualifications:

  • Strong leadership and management skills
  • Comfortable working in multi-sectoral, multi-cultural research and implementation teams
  • Proven experience in design engineering and manufacturing
  • Technical training and experience in mechanical and/or agricultural engineering (some knowledge of human-centered design preferred)
  • Experience working with low-income communities in developing countries (preferably Africa)
  • Strong communications/computer skills
  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, agricultural engineering, or related field

Other Details:

This position is based at CTI Headquarters in St. Paul, MN. However, international travel is required as well as regular international calls and e-mail exchanges. The frequency of travel will be based on funding and program priorities. It is an exempt salaried position with retirement benefits and a generous vacation package. The Director of Technology will report regularly to the Executive Director and regional project managers.

To Apply:

Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Please note "Director of Technology" and your first and last name in the email subject line. Those selected for interviews will be notified.

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