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Partners in Food Solutions – A Real Impact on African Food Processing?

This has much of the makings of a really good initiative. It is a non profit organisation established by General Mills from it’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme.

Partners in Food Solutions

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It links the technical and business expertise of volunteer employees at General Mills, Cargill and DSM to small and medium-sized mills and food processors in the developing world to

  • improve the ability of those companies to produce high-quality, nutritious and safe food at affordable prices
  • to increase demand for the crops of small-holder farmers who supply those businesses
  • to build a vibrant, sustainable food supply chain
  • After local processors have identified companies and their needs, volunteers are deployed to assist selected African food processing companies in

  • Determining the best nutritional mix based on local ingredients.
  • Developing new products that are locally sourced.
  • Designing facilities and food processing systems.
  • Creating high-performance packaging for storage and sales.
  • Improving quality and food processing procedures.
  • Enhancing food safety throughout the entire value chain.
  • Developing expertise in areas such as market assessment, strategy and finance.
  • Improving marketing, distribution and other aspects of getting products to end-consumers.
  • The concept of the rich multinational giving time and experience to poorer African food processors offers real potential for economic growth and poverty elimination. I intend to follow up a bit on this with further posts, but would very much like to hear of your experience with Partners in Food Solutions.

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