General Mills and Partners in Food
Solutions Tackle Food Scarcity in Africa
Beginning in 2007, General Mills began looking for ways to use its knowledge of food processing to address the challenge of hunger in Africa—an issue made worse by the fact that 25% of food grown on the continent rots before it can get to market. In collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and TechnoServe, it began to work with small food businesses in Africa.
Today, Partners in Food Solutions engages the expertise and passion of more than 700 employees from General Mills, Cargill, Royal DSM, and Bühler, who offer their time as volunteers to train African food businesses in best practices in food processing, nutrition and fortification, process development, and business planning. Since 2009, Partners in Food Solutions has helped strengthen the capacity of 600 food companies in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, and Zambia. These companies have sold more than 15,000 metric tons of food products. This work has reached 738,000 local smallholder farmers supporting an estimated 4.4 million family members.