TechnoServe Named NGO of the Year at the Africa Food Awards
The award recognizes TechnoServe’s work to create inclusive economic opportunity, combat malnutrition, improve food security, and boost environmental sustainability
Sebastian Oggema, TechnoServe’s deputy country director for Kenya, and Rose Gatongi, Kenya program manager for the Alliance for Inclusive and Nutritious Food Processing (AINFP), received the award on behalf of the international nonprofit.
First held in 2017, the Africa Food Awards celebrate leading companies, products, individuals, and initiatives from across sub-Saharan Africa. Organized by FW Africa, they are considered the most prestigious awards for the continent’s food sector.
TechnoServe has worked to support Africa’s food systems and agricultural value chains for more than 50 years. Across the region, TechnoServe works with agribusinesses, producer organizations, governments, and others stakeholders to increase the supply of fortified foods on the continent, expand local processing capacity for key products, strengthen vital links in food supply chains in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, improve economic opportunities for women in agricultural value chains, and develop climate- and nature-friendly business models.
In 2022 alone, TechnoServe’s work in Africa made 178 million metric tons of improved food available on local markets and helped ensure that more than 44 million people living in poverty could access food fortified with essential vitamins and minerals.
“We are honored to receive this award, which is a testament to the tireless work of TechnoServe teams across Africa to create inclusive, regenerative food systems that deliver better livelihoods and nutrition,” said William Warshauer, TechnoServe’s president and CEO. “As climate change, inflation, and the lingering effects of the pandemic challenge food systems, TechnoServe is more committed than ever to working with partners across the ecosystem to identify, pilot, and scale sustainable solutions.”
In addition, two TechnoServe clients–Maisha Flour Mills Limited of Kenya and Seba Foods Zambia Limited (260 Brands)–were among the winners in the Africa Food Awards’ Best New Product category.
Founded in 1968, TechnoServe is a leader in harnessing the power of the private sector to help people lift themselves out of poverty for good. A non-profit organization working in 30 countries, we work with people to build a better future through regenerative farms, businesses, and markets that increase incomes. Our vision is a sustainable world where all people in low-income communities have the opportunity to prosper.