AIF Rwanda awarded for quality production through sustainable value chains

By IGIHE
On 18 December 2019 at 03:35

African Improved Foods (AIF) a public-private partnership which operates in Rwanda and is renowned for manufacturing ‘Nootri’, a multigrain porridge, has been awarded during ‘Foodex’ (Food Industry Excellence Awards) for providing scalable and sustainable solutions to malnutrition through local production of highly nutritious foods.

AIF received the award on December 5th, 2019 at the Sarit Expo Center in a ceremony that was held in Nairobi, Kenya and brought together leaders of organizations that deal in food and beverages.

An announcement that was published on December 17th, 2019 confirms that NutriPro flour manufactured by Tropikal Brands Afrika in partnership with AIF has been awarded during the Food Industry Excellence Awards for the milled, cereals and pulses product of the year.

AIF has also been awarded for its approach to develop local maize and soy farming to a much higher standard. Doriane Nzorubara, Head of Strategy and Programs at AIF received the award in the sustainability category rewarding AIF’s value chain centric initiatives.

Other nominees in the awards included National Foods Ltd from Zimbabwe, Mjengo Ltd and Capwell Industries Ltd from Kenya.

Tropikal Brands representative, Victoria Kutima commended the company’s contribution to increasing local crops yield especially crops needed in the East African Community.

Tropikal Brands, Head of Brands development in East and Central Africa, Simon Kabue said that the company aims at manufacturing products that match the market’s demand. “With improved technology processes, we manufacture products that meet international standards in nutrients, preservability including NutriPro porridge flour.”

The partnership between Tropikal Brands Afrika and AIF complements a previous one with World Food Programme (WFP) where AIF will be distributing porridge flour in relief camps in Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan similar to Super Cereal flour which is provided by humanitarian agencies and complements breast milk.

In addition to its contribution to humanitarian agencies, AIF also manufactures ‘Shisha Kibondo’ flour for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers in Rwanda.

AIF was founded in partnership with the Government of Rwanda, Royal DSM, a Dutch multinational active in the fields of health, nutrition and materials, The Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO), The Department for International Development (DFID) and The International Finance Corporation (IFC).

AIF was founded on May 31st, 2017. The industry has a production capacity of 45 tons of flour per year and employs more than 300 staff while it purchases raw produce from 24,000 farmers. AIF’s goal is to reduce rates of malnutrition and stunting in children from 38% to 32% by 2020.

Doriane Nzorubara, Head of Strategy and Programs at AIF received the award in the sustainability category rewarding AIF’s value chain centric initiatives.
NutriPro flour manufactured by Tropikal Brands Afrika in partnership with AIF has been awarded during the Food Industry Excellence Awards

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