IMPROVING THE LIVES OF

 SMALLHOLDER AFRICAN FARMERS

DESIGNED WITH AND FOR SMALLHOLDER FARMERS

Our Work

     40 million farms in Africa are facing the biggest problem to food security you have probably never heard of: Striga. Striga looks innocent with its purple blooms, yet it can completely destroy the crops it infests. This little weed can kill 20-100% of the crops, leaving smallholder farmers with little food. At the Toothpick Project, we have created a biological solution to this biological problem. By selecting local fungal strains that produce unusually high amounts of specific amino acids, we were able to find an alternative solution to fighting Striga. This fungal strain specifically attacks the weed, rather than the crop, allowing striga-infested fields to increase their crop yield by 42-56%.  

STRIGA: THE BIGGEST THREAT TO FOOD SECURITY

Our History

John Porter Sands, Jr.  realized malnutrition in sub-Saharan Africa could only be improved once food security increased.

Our Technology

Researched at Montana State University, specific fungal strains can target striga without harming the crop.

The Farmers

There are 40 million smallholder farmers who have striga on their fields, yet do not have access to solutions.

The Impact

Increased crop yields improve nutrition, reduce risk of illness, and provide additional income to pay for education.

USING BIOLOGICAL SOLUTIONS FOR BIOLOGICAL PROBLEMS