WE ARE GRAINPRO

 

Since our foundation in 1992, we have been committed to sustainably reduce world hunger and poverty, by developing ultra-hermetic technology that is affordable for all farmers, protecting against post-harvest losses, and ensuring the healthiness and superior quality of their food and cash crops.

 

GRAINPRO IMPACTS FIVE OF THE UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDG’S):

 

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END POVERTY

 

UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL 1: END POVERTY

 

One in ten people in the world lives in extreme poverty today, and the COVID-19 pandemic could result in global poverty increasing for the first time in three decades. GrainPro is committed to fighting poverty, empowering farmers with even the smallest plots of land to be a part of large-scale global change.

 

 

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Kwle County, Kenya

 

It is often said, “The best things come to those who wait” and for years, farmer Swaleh Juma Rashid whole-heartedly believed in those words. The problem was, he could not live by those words, because the smallholder farmer did not have the luxury of waiting.

 

Swaleh grows bananas, maize, and green grams to support his wife and four children. So much relies upon the price he gets when he sells his crops. Swaleh knew storing his grain too long caused infestation and post-harvest loss. Preserving the grain with chemicals cut into his profits and crop quality. Swaleh felt he had no choice but to sell soon after harvest, at often-lower prices.

 

That all changed when Swaleh received GrainPro hermetic bags as part of the Kenya Cereal Enhancement Programme (KCEP-CRAL). Eight months later, Swaleh says he sold his maize for double the price he would have received immediately after harvest. 


“It was like a miracle,” Swaleh says. Changing his grain storage methods erased 100 kilograms of post-harvest loss. He sold extra grain and bought six cows. His family has more milk and meat to eat and the grain they use is healthier. Swaleh’s family has money to buy a television, expand their house, and provide more for the children.

 

Swaleh now urges his neighbors to use GrainPro hermetic bags. He believes more good things are in store for his community as they have gained the ability to wait.

 

 

 

Philippines

 

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In the Upland Areas of the Philippines, getting from one point to another often requires a very real balancing act. Farmers rely on two-wheeled motorcycles called habal-habal to get their crops to a mill and to market. Rice, coconut, and banana farmer Ms. Oliviana Yama says that road to market requires a balancing act even more precarious than the motorcycle journey. Oliviana explains the challenge this way: farmers pay to get their crops to the mill. There, they pay for drying and an additional milling fee before they sell some grains to traders and bring the rest home to feed their families. That requires paying for yet another habal-habal trip. Oliviana says, “We have some good produce, but it’s not enough to cover the high expenses we incur with every harvest. This issue has been hard on our family.”

 

GRAINPRO’S POST-HARVEST SOLUTIONS

such as the Hermetic Cocoon and Collapsible Dryer Case II have helped Oliviana and her neighbors overcome these costly hurdles. Farmer Gurdonio Romasasa says the Collapsible Dryer Case helps him dry 18 sacks of rice in two days with no transportation needed. Each sack saves money which sustains his family until the next harvest.

 

Renato Salway agrees. He says, “The quarterly outcome from my upland rice farming is not enough to sustain the daily expenses for my family and for the educational needs of my children, but as a father and a farmer, I am determined to provide for the needs of my family.”

 

When Renato began storing rice in the GrainPro Hermetic Cocoon, his seed quality improved. That translates to higher yields and higher income. The changes begin to help rebalance harvest results more in the farmers’ favor, so they can focus less on the road to the mill, and more on a path out of poverty.

 

 

 

Guatemala

 

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Edwin says in the early days bringing coffee from his Guatemalan family farm of Finca Vista Hermosa, he asked people to carry coffee back to Washington in carry-on suitcases. Today Onyx Coffee is a global source of Guatemalan coffees. Edwin is proud to work with about 200 farmers to bring their coffees to the world. Edwin says, “A lot of the kids of people I work with have gone to school and become agronomists. Now they are people I want to hire because they’re doing great things and can teach others.”

 

Onyx Coffee uses GrainPro 69-kilogram hermetic bags to ensure the value of a harvest for producers, lower input costs, and assure the stability of a product for roasters. Edwin says each new partnership fights poverty, explaining, “It’s not addition, it’s multiplication—creating the impact of opportunity."

 

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ZERO HUNGER

Rift Valley, Kenya

 

You need just water and maize flour to make ugali, a porridge staple eaten almost daily in Kenya. Yet Dorcas Jepkorir, a smallholder farmer and mother of three, knows good ugali is more complicated than the recipe suggests. The flavor changes based on the quality of the grain, and for years, Dorcas says, the quality of ugali she served wasn’t as high as she wanted for her family.

 

Here was the problem: she grew and harvested good quality maize on her five acres of land. Yet after the harvest, Dorcas faced an almost impossible storage challenge: watch as insect infestation destroyed the quality and quantity of her grain or use toxic chemicals which eliminated insects but changed the smell and taste of her grain. She reluctantly decided to use pesticides, until she discovered a third option.

 

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In 2020, Dorcas went to an Agro-dealer to buy more pesticide, and instead she was introduced to GrainPro hermetic storage bags. Dorcas agreed to try ten GrainPro Bags. One week later she ordered one hundred more. The reason for the order, she says, was the improvement of her ugali, which tasted sweeter and smelled fresh when made with maize stored in the GrainPro Bags. Dorcas has stopped using chemicals to preserve her grain harvest and would rather invest in reusable hermetic storage bag. The payoff, she says, is cooking her milled maize with no chemicals or insects and more nutritional value. It is simple peace of mind to go along with the simple recipe which sustains Dorcas and her family each day.

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GENDER EQUALITY

GRAINPRO GENDER BALANCE

 

As a decentralized, global organization with employees in many countries, GrainPro recognizes the importance of gender equality and diversity and its impact on our success. We are committed to total transparency and continued review and improvement of our gender balance.

 

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GRAINPRO GENDER DIVERSITY COUNT
Female  52
Male 94
TOTAL 146

 

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LEADERSHIP ROLES

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PRODUCTION ROLES

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SALES ROLES

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BOD ROLES

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GRAINPRO RACIAL DIVERSITY

 

As a decentralized, global organization with employees in many countries, GrainPro recognizes the importance of gender equality and diversity and its impact on our success. We are committed to total transparency and continued review and improvement of our gender balance.

 

 

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GRAINPRO RACIAL DIVERSITY COUNT
Asian 120
Black or African 10
White 7
Hispanic or Latino 9
TOTAL 146

 

 

  ASIAN      BLACK OR AFRICAN      WHITE      HISPANIC OR LATINO

 

 

LEADERSHIP ROLES

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BOD ROLES

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RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION

ZERO WASTE CIRCULAR CONSUMPTION

 

GrainPro is committed to reaching net zero waste circular consumption. We are at the forefront of implementing climate friendly alternatives such as reuse, recycling, and compostable materials.

 

 

 

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CLIMATE ACTION

HERMETIC TECHNOLOGY

 

Use of GrainPro’s ultra-hermetic technology can reduce a farmer’s net carbon footprint per kilo of output by as much as 30%, while greatly reducing the farmer’s dependence on poisonous pesticides, and facilitating chemical free storage and transport of healthy, high nutritional quality rice and maize.

 

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CLIMATE ADVANTAGES

 

Use of GrainPro’s ultra-hermetic technology can reduce a farmer’s net carbon footprint per kilo of output by as much as 30%, while greatly reducing the farmer’s dependence on poisonous pesticides, and facilitating chemical free storage and transport of healthy, high nutritional quality rice and maize.


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Decrease use of poisonous chemicals and pesticides.
Decrease fossil fuel carbon used in drying and post-harvest storing.
Increases net yield per acre by up to 25% while lowering carbon footprint.
Keeps our food supply clean and safe from field to consumer

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Download the PDF version of our Sustainability Reports:

 

GRAINPRO SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2019

 

GRAINPRO SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2020

 

GRAINPRO SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2021