The level of on-farm mechanization is low for smallholder farmers in Burkina Faso and many exist at a subsistence level. On-farm innovation is a key component in the process of continuous improvement of the farming system. In Burkina Faso, advances in mechanization facilitated by the ASMC have enabled a chain of innovations in methods, techniques, and inputs for tillage, seed placement, plant population, crop rotations and crop varieties, feed processing and storage adapted to local conditions. Our overall goal is to develop appropriate scale mechanization for smallholder farmers.


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Andrew Kearney performed data analysis to help the global food company reduce its environmental impact.
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Taryn Hanses uses analytical approaches from engineering to help prepare for a future career in data analytics.
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Alex Seybold's experiences at Michigan State University, along with a professional internship, have prepared her for a career in pharmaceutical manufacturing.
Michigan State University's biosystems engineering program collaborates with industry partners to provide real-world opportunities for students.
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Conor Crenell, a Biosystems Engineering senior, works as an engineering intern for the MSU Student Organic Farm.


Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 5:30pm
Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 9:00am