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.
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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