Technology Transfer

Technology Transfer

IFTC employs innovative entrepreneur-focused adoption mechanisms to disseminate viable technologies. The Center's success is based on its ability to mobilize Purdue's wide range of expertise in research and technology adoption in agriculture production, food processing and preservation, nutrition and health, and marketing. The Center also works in collaboration with other strategic partners from other public institutions, private sector and the civil society.

Innovative Model for Building Food Processing Enterprises

IFTC researchers have developed and refined an innovative technology adoption model based on the "incubation concept" to help establish food processing enterprises. The model consists of an "incubation center", which is a building or structure equipped with the fully mechanized entrepreneur-scale processing equipment necessary to make products targeting specific markets. Several activities are conducted at the center with a goal of empowering entrepreneurs to provide markets for local farmers. The activities include:

· Training of personnel both entrepreneurs in technical and business skills and food technologists to provide technical support

· Processing demonstrations using mechanized equipment

· Testing of learned skills by the processors with oversight from experts;

· Market testing of the developed products

· Scale-up to increase production capacity, and

· Research and development to improve on existing technologies and products, and develop new ones.

Countries

Kenya: IFTC works in collaboration with University of Eldoret and CIMMYT-Kenya under the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Processing and Post-Harvest Handling

Senegal: IFTC works in collaboration with the Institut de Technologie Alimentaire (ITA) in Dakar, Senegal under the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Processing and Post-Harvest Handling and the Feed the Future Sorghum and Millet Innovation Lab

Previous work under the INTSORMIL: International Sorghum and Millets Collaborative Research Support Program - USAID include:

Senegal: IFTC works in collaboration with the Institut de Technologie Alimentaire (ITA) in Dakar, Senegal

Niger: IFTC works in collaboration with the National de Recherche Agronomique du Niger (INRAN), the National agricuture research organization

Mali: IFTC works in collaboration with the Institut d'Economie Rurale du Mali (IER) in Bamako, Mali