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The Toothpick Project
The Toothpick Project

Striga, a parasitic weed, is the greatest pest threat in African food security - rampant in 18 countries and reducing farmer's staple crop yields by 20-100%. Because 85% of smallholder farmers are women, Striga is a gender-based food security issue. FoxyT14, an innovative biocontrol technology, uses 3 strains of host-specific fungus to kill Striga. Grown on toothpicks, FoxyT14 strains are inexpensively delivered to farmers to make a highly effective on-farm inoculum (50% yield increase).
The Toothpick Project uses an effective, safe bio-herbicide to kill Striga, a weed depleting crops on 40 million African smallholder farms.

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Poverty Alleviation

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Public Health


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