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MN nonprofit Compatible Technologies Intl. is helping Senegalese farmers with electricity-free tabletop device for harvesting and processing grain.

"The inventors and engineers at Compatible Technology International have been developing tools to help African farmers process grain for years. But they’ve never had a streamlined system for putting them in farmers’ hands — until now. The unusual St. Paul nonprofit recently received a $400,000 grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development. The money will fund an office in Senegal and outreach workers who will visit villages where subsistence farmers still manually cut and harvest grain the same way their ancestors did." -- Jean Hopfensperger, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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