Toothpick Company Ltd., Kenya (Toothpick Project)


Striga (witchweed) is considered the #1 pest threat in African food security, associated with malnutrition, starvation, family abandonment and land abandonment. Striga is an increasingly destructive parasitic weed on 40 million farms across sub-Saharan Africa. Attacking the roots of staple crops it depletes yield by 20-100%. Up to 50 million hectares of croplands in Africa show Striga infestation, causing $ 9+ billion in crop loss annually. 85% of maize smallholder farmers are women, making Striga a gender-sensitive food security issue.

Our bio-herbicide technology kills the worst weed in sub-Saharan Africa, thereby increasing crop yield by approximately 42-56%. Village Inoculum Producers (VIPs) grow a live active inoculum from a fungal-coated toothpick and distribute it to farmers (a micro-agribusiness). The product is safe, effective, and affordable.

Other solutions fail to restore crop yield, are toxic, and/or are poorly adopted by farmers. Farmers are eager for our product te

A Small Business Agenda

All around the globe, thousands of food small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and their expert supporters were asked, “How to boost the role of SMEs in providing good food for all?” This report shares their compelling response. Executive Summary: Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish