ABOUT THE COMPANY
GrainPro, Inc., a green, “not-only-for-profit“ company, is driving a global revolution in safe storage and drying of grains and seeds. Using the principles of Ultra Hermetic™ technology and modified atmospheres, GrainPro has grown to become a world-leader and a key proponent of the Second Green Revolution – the proper storage, handling and distribution of food commodities.
Founded in 1992 in Concord, Massachusetts, USA, GrainPro has a wide distribution network starting from its head office in Concord to its offices in Asia (Philippines and India), Africa (Kenya, Ethiopia and Ivory Coast) and Latin America (Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Brazil). GrainPro’s solutions are developed and manufactured by its wholly-owned subsidiary, GrainPro Philippines, Inc., located inside the Subic Bay Gateway Park, Philippines.
GrainPro’s line of environmentally-friendly, easy-to-use and affordable storage and drying solutions are designed to reduce post-harvest losses of dry agricultural commodities. GrainPro’s solutions do not require the use of any toxic chemicals; thereby, increasing the global supply, reducing hunger, eliminating health risks, and improving smallholder farmers’ incomes.
GrainPro is trusted worldwide and its solutions are used in over 100 countries. GrainPro’s staff of experts and professionals work closely with development organizations, governments, non-profit groups and academic institutions. Finally, GrainPro reaches out to food producers everywhere – from smallholder farmers to large-scale businesses -- to educate them about Ultra Hermetic post-harvest management systems.
Eradicating the cycle of hunger and poverty, especially in developing nations, is a huge challenge. GrainPro is doing its part to solve this problem, inspired by the idea of securing a brighter and a more food sufficient future.
GRAINPRO SAFE STORAGE METHODOLOGY
GrainPro’s safe storage products all operate on the same simple organic mechanism. If a container is airtight, any infesting insects, microorganisms, and the stored commodity through their respiration alone will create a low-oxygen, high-carbon dioxide environment. This will inhibit mold growth and kill the insects.
GrainPro’s products contribute to the improvement of public health by preventing the growth of molds and resulting aflatoxins in stored dry foods such as maize, peanuts, and rice. Growth of aflatoxins in stored products negatively affects the human immune system and poses a serious risk to public health, compounding the effects of HIV infection, raising cancer rates and causing stunted growth in children. Aflatoxin growth in stored grains and peanuts is a global health problem; in Africa, studies have shown that aflatoxin contamination exceeds allowable levels (as defined by the Codex Alimentarius, Interntional Food Standards) in up to 40% of the commodities traded in local markets. In GrainPro’s airtight (ultra hermetic) containers, however, aflatoxin-producing molds are unable to grow for lack of oxygen and high humidity.
WORK WITH INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATIONS
In 2010, GrainPro fulfilled a $7 million USAID subcontract for delivery of its ultra hermetic storage and solar dryer systems to small Afghan farmers, with orders ranging from its 100-pound-capacity, portable airtight SuperGrainbags™ to its 10-50-tonne capacity Self-Verifying Cocoon™. GrainPro has also collaborated with international organizations, such as the UN World Food Program(WFP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), GIZ, AGRA and CIMMYT for safe storage and drying in countries such as Guinea, Guatemala, the Philippines, Uganda, Rwanda, Ghana, Tanzania and Mexico.
REDUCING WORLD HUNGER BY PROTECTING SEEDS AND REDUCING LOSSES
In addition to keeping aflatoxin levels low, GrainPro’s on-farm and village-level ultra hermetic storage units and solar dryers prevent loss of germination capacity in stored seeds. These also significantly reduce post-harvest losses of food supply among both small and large farmers. In the absence of ultra hermetic storage, these losses are often as high as 25%. Ultra Hermetic storage of the kind provided by GrainPro’s products reduces losses, organically and without chemicals or refrigeration, to less than 1% per year. This means higher small farmer incomes, more food for family consumption and local markets particularly in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. GrainPro’s products also provide food relief to poor and war-torn countries, where portability and fast set-up times of ultra hermetic storage units are essential. In addition, GrainPro has a Safe Storage Promoter (SSP) program that trains one SSP per village to institutionalize know-how about safe drying and storage in each individual community.
IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENT
GrainPro’s pesticide-free ultra hermetic storage units provide long- and medium-term, safe storage, eliminating losses without the need for insecticides, fumigants, or need for refrigeration, thus eliminating both costs and risks to farmers, agricultural laborers, consumers, wildlife and the environment. Because fungi cannot grow and insects cannot survive in the low-oxygen atmosphere of GrainPro’s Self-Verifying Cocoon™ and SuperGrainbag™, harmful aflatoxins do not grow and even the worst insect infestations are rapidly brought under control without the use of harmful chemicals.
GrainPro’s storage solutions include SuperGrainbag™ of 69kg to 1-tonne capacity that act as portable airtight liners that protect small farmers’ grains from Afghanistan and Nepal to Ghana and Guatemala, providing safe and affordable storage for up to one year. In addition, its CDC™ solar dryers save energy and its TranSafeliner™ protect commodities during transport, while its SilBag™ is used for safe storage of silage.