Why we do what we do
Partners in Food Solutions (PFS) works with small and growing African food processors to produce safer and more nutritious foods using locally-sourced raw materials, thereby securing and expanding markets for local farmers.
Improving the food supply chain by working with food processors is one of the most effective ways to raise living standards; it creates demand and generates jobs.
More than one billion people are food insecure: 25 percent or 255 million people are in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The poorest, landless and female-headed households are the hardest hit. The vast majority of urban and rural households in the developing world rely on food purchases for most of their nutrition and stand to lose from high food prices. High food prices reduce real income and worsen the prevalence of food insecurity and malnutrition among the poor by reducing the quantity and quality of food consumed.
Well-nourished children earn up to 46 percent more than malnourished counterparts.
- Well-nourished countries achieve up to 3% more GDP growth.
- The world’s top economists agree that improved nutrition is the best investment in global health and development, with an ROI as high as 200 to 1. That’s higher than investments in trade liberalization, malaria, or water and sanitation.
- Our efforts are helping African businesses grow and reach their potential. According to Harvard Business Review, Africa’s economy grew 5.7 percent in the past decade, and was expected to grow 5.4 percent in 2012. That’s more than twice the anticipated growth rate of Brazil. The African continent is ripe with opportunity, and clearly every food company in the world will one day be in Africa because Africa is – and will be – critical to feeding the world.