Emerging TechnologiesOur design process starts with listening. Using a human centered approach, we meet with farmers, many of whom are women, to understand their concerns, their needs and their culture. We identify opportunities to significantly improve post-harvest food production, we research the market potential, and our design team collaborates with farmers from around the world to invent affordable and rugged tools that reduce women’s labor, improve food quality, and help farmers generate income. Check out our Design Innovation Path to learn more about our design process. 

CTI designs affordable, effective technologies for communities that have been overlooked by mainstream engineering.


Groundnut ToolsGroundnut Tools
A set of tools being developed for harvesting, stripping and shelling groundnuts (also known as peanuts). 

Pepper Shredder
A device that shreds dried peppers into higher-value flakes while limiting contact with hot pepper dust and oil.

Fruit & Vegetable Shredder
A manually operated tool that shreds potatoes, breadfruit, and cassava—the first step before drying for preservation and grinding into flour.