Stage 3: Proof of Concept
CTI has developed manually-operated groundnut sheller that increases small farmers’ productivity, improves the quality of their groundnuts, and reduces women’s labor.
The sheller was developed as part of a suit of technologies that also include an oxen-powered device for harvesting and a stripper for removing groundnut pods from the roots.
The lifter, stripper, and sheller were designed by a team of engineers and researchers from CTI and ICRISAT, in collaboration with smallholders from Malawi and Tanzania. Prior to developing the tools, the design team surveyed and interviewed 248 groundnut growing families in the Kasungu and Lilongwe districts of central Malawi to collect baseline socio-economic data and identify the primary constraints associated with groundnut production. The tools were field-tested extensively in the groundnut producing belt of Malawi from 2011 to 2014 and modified based on farmers’ feedback.
Now that the tools are developed, we want to make sure farmers can access the tools, sell their nuts at a fair price, and profit. With support from the McKnight Foundation, CTI is starting this next phase of work in 2016. We are working with local manufacturers to get farmers our tools in time for the May harvest. And we are partnering with farmers' organizations across Malawi—including NASFAM, the largest smallholder farmer group in the country. Farmers’ groups like NASFAM give farmers access to resources like new technologies, training, and good seed. By working in a group to sell their crops, farmers’ organizations can also help their members get better prices at market. With this partnership, farmers' organizations can now offer CTI's groundnut tools to their members—giving farmers the support they need to reap the full benefits of their labor.
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