Transforming Food Systems and Improving Nutritional Outcomes Through Africa’s Food Processing Sector

This collection of impact and learning briefs detail how to leverage the power of the private sector to create better nutritional outcomes for low-income consumers and more profitable market opportunities for local farmers.

The food processing sector in Africa has the power to drive economic growth and rural development, promote gender equity, mitigate climate change, and improve diets, making it a crucial element in strategies to transform food systems.

Operating across Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, and Zambia from 2018-2024,  the Alliance for Inclusive and Nutritious Food Processing (AINFP) program focused on enhancing the competitiveness of the food processing sector. 

This public-private partnership funded by USAID and implemented by TechnoServe and Partners in Food Solutions sought to create better nutritional outcomes for low-income consumers and more profitable market opportunities for local farmers. The program worked with 240 food businesses, helping them to sell nearly $400 million of high-quality food and purchase crops from 349,000 farmers.

In the eight briefs below, you can learn more about strategies, results, and recommendations for enhancing the competitiveness of the food processing sector and positively affecting the food system: