Oct 02, 2015 • By

The Hershey Company partners to improve food security in Africa

Our mission at General Mills is to serve the world by making food people love. In pursuit of this mission, we are committed to treating the world with care through efforts like addressing barriers to food security.

As a global food company, we believe a key opportunity for us to have an impact on global poverty and food security is by sharing our food technology expertise. This mindset is what motivated our leadership team to establish a hunger-fighting nonprofit called Partners in Food Solutions (PFS) that links the expertise of volunteer employees with small and growing food processors in Africa.PFSToday as part of a panel discussion on global nutrition and food security at the 2015 Concordia Summit, Ken Powell, chairman and CEO of General Mills, announced The Hershey Company will join us in these efforts as a corporate sponsor of PFS.

The Hershey Company is the fifth corporate partner to join PFS alongside General Mills, Cargill, DSM and Bühler.

This move will enable PFS to expand its work into two new African countries, effectively extending the organization’s footprint and efforts to improve food security and nutrition across the continent.

“I am thrilled to have The Hershey Company join us in this important work. The combination of our two companies’ know-how and decades-long success can unlock the growth of small and growing businesses in Africa,” Ken said. “Together, we can empower these high-potential food companies to develop a sustainable food supply chain that can feed the continent’s growing population.”

Since 2011, PFS has provided critical training and consulting support to more than 600 food companies in five African countries. These efforts have helped bring more than 21 metric tons of food to market in areas in urgent need of safe, affordable, nutritious food. They have also helped secure and sustain markets for 829,000 small farmers who sell their crops to these companies to feed their families.

“We know that Africa can produce the food it needs to feed itself, and we know that our model of building the capacity of small businesses in the center of the food value chain can make that happen,” said Jeff Dykstra, CEO of Partners in Food Solutions.

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