Local Work. Global Impact.

PICS Global

  • Business: Post Harvest Loss
  • CEO: Laurie Kitch
  • Founded: 2016
  • Funding: $250,000.00
  • Use Of Funds:
  • Increase number of distributors of PICS bags



Purdue has led the way in smallholder farmer grain storage over the past 10 years with the Purdue Improved Crop Storage (PICS) project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other donors. The PICS technology is a triple layer sealed plastic bag that cuts off the oxygen supply to create hermetic conditions, thereby eliminating insect damage in stored grains and legumes. This low-cost technology was developed and initially disseminated for cowpea grain, but it has more recently been found effective for all types of grain and even other products. PICS bags allow farmers to store their grain without the use of insecticides, and provides them the flexibility to sell when prices are high, while having chemical-free high quality food for their families throughout the year. The PICS program originally involved 10 countries in West and Central Africa, but has been expanded to Eastern and Southern Africa and to South Asia. The PICS bag technology has been demonstrated to farmers in >40,000 villages in Sub-Saharan Africa, and >2 million farmers have been trained on use of the bags. The current private sector distribution network involves manufacturers and distributors in >23 countries in Africa and Asia with estimated sales of 5M bags in 2017 “The PICS bag technology has been demonstrated to farmers in >40,000 villages in Sub-Saharan Africa, and >2 million farmers have been trained on use of the bags. The current private sector distribution network involves manufacturers and distributors in >23 countries in Africa and Asia with estimated sales of 5M bags in 2017.”

PICS bags work. However, farmers often lack access to the bags due to poor distribution networks in remote rural villages. The primary use of funds is to expand a reliable distribution network in Africa and to establish operations in other regions such as South America and Southeast Asia.