Improving Food Security
With the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development and in partnership with Partners in Food Solutions, a consortium of three global food manufacturers (General Mills, DSM and Cargill), TechnoServe launched a five-country initiative to improve the quality and quantity of nutritious, processed food in Africa. In Zambia, we are currently assisting nine processors, with over 37 different technical and business development projects that will increase their capacity and efficiency, and improve the quality and safety of their products. The processors currently engaged represent Corn Soy Blend and fortified flours, dairy, vegetable oil, jams and sauces, baked goods, fish feed and snacks. TechnoServe has also trained about 100 food processing participants in food quality and safety management systems and flour fortification with micronutrients. In addition, TechnoServe has invited Root Capital to conduct a preliminary analysis of food processing enterprises’ financial needs.