Partners in Food Solutions Travels to Ghana
In 2008, General Mills chairman and CEO Ken Powell founded Partners in Food Solutions (PFS). Ken Powell was struck with the idea after he attended a forum on hunger. He felt that the resources General Mills possessed could make a difference. In little time, more than 300 General Mills employees were volunteering to build the program. The company also engaged a coalition of companies that each utilized their expertise to strengthen PFS's work.
Partners in Food Solutions is a nonprofit organization that links both technical and business expertise of volunteer employees from General Mills, Cargill Royal DSM, Bühler, and Hershey to small and growing food processors and millers in the developing world. Together they hope to produce high-quality, nutritious and safe foods at affordable prices and increase the demand for the crops of the local smallholder farmers who supply those businesses.
Earlier this year, Partners in Food Solutions's CEO Jeff Dykstra discussed his recent trip to Ghana with nonprofit social investment fund Root Capital and General Mills CEO Ken Powell.The trip served as the start of PFS's expansion into Western Africia. By working with their local partners, PFS and their engaged companies will be able to expand their impact across the continent.
PFS is currently focusing on the food processing sector which can increase demand for the crops of small holder farms and act as a conduit for safer, healthier food for local populations. Together PFS hopes to improve the whole food value chain and economic development across Africa.