Fighting Hunger, Together
March 16, 2011
TechnoServe is partnering with a group of food companies on an effort to strengthen the food processing industry in several African nations. Today, General Mills announced the launch of Partners in Food Solutions, a hunger-fighting nonprofit.
TechnoServe is partnering with a group of food companies on an effort to strengthen the food processing industry in several African nations. Today, General Mills announced the launch of Partners in Food Solutions, a hunger-fighting nonprofit. Together with General Mills, Cargill and DSM, TechnoServe will work to bring the technical and business expertise of volunteer employees to small and medium-sized mills and food processors in Africa.
Utilizing funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development, our goal is to boost the capacity of African mills and food processors to meet food safety standards and be profitable, competitive suppliers in food sector value chains. TechnoServe serves as the link between the African food processors and companies such as General Mills working to align the right expertise with the local challenge or opportunity.
Through this effort, we will build businesses that create income, opportunity and economic growth for families and communities.
“Partners in Food Solutions is not about a relief effort for my home country,” said Johnson Kiragu, a TechnoServe food technologist who manages the program in Kenya. “The corporate volunteers are using their expertise to strengthen the food supply chain – which has a huge ripple effect on local economies and the quality of life for all involved.”
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