Africa, the Business of Food


Africa, the Business of Food takes an enterprising look at some exciting new food stories coming out of Africa. We see how people develop new cultures and new practices to feed themselves and their families – cultures and practices that can also result in a real and profitable business.

These 13 short films show how Africa can benefit from joining the international economy, and give hope that effective solutions do exist to avoid hunger.

1. Revolutionary Rice (Benin): Farmers are encouraged by IFAD to grow a high-yielding breed of rice called NERICA, especially adapted to African conditions.
2. Chain of Solidarity (Burundi): IFAD ‘chain of solidarity’ with livestock offspring passed on to the neediest villagers.
3. Dear Bats (Ghana): Shea butter, used in cosmetics and chocolate, represents an industry worth 20 million USD a year. This booming trade relies on fruit bats that spread the shea tree seeds.
4. A Matter Of Tics (Kenya): The Biosciences for Eastern and Central Africa's research on vaccines for livestock and crops, resistant to drought and diseases.
5. A Voracious Pest (Kenya): The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center's research on a new variety of insect resistant maize.
6. In a Nutshell (Kenya): The Kenya Nut Company produces 1000 metric tons of macadamia, employs 2500 people and has a turnover of 1.5 billion Kenya shillings.
7. Shantytown Garden (Kenya): In Nairobi’s shantytown, a rubbish dump turned into an organic farm is now supplying leading supermarkets with chemical free vegetables.
8. Fish for Life (Malawi): A successful establishment of fish farming in village ponds, with preference going to AIDS victims.
9. Cereal Business (Mali): A warehouse to stock cereals and a strong farmers association allow producers to sell when market prices are attractive.
10. The Best Catch (Mozambique): IFAD helped villagers set up a community cooperative and implement fishing zones for industrial fishing fleets.
11.Tree-Mendous (Burkina Faso): An improved zaï technique that spread from Burkina Faso to Niger, where widows transformed 2000 hectares of barren, abandoned land, into productive fields.
12. Cocoa Comes Back (Sao Tome): IFAD encouraged organic cocoa production, today 1400 farmers produce about 300 tons of organic cocoa a year and sell it to buyers in Europe willing to pay fair.
13. Faith, Work and Fashion (Senegal): 15 villages work with the “Baay Faal” community providing employment for over 350 people. Their clothes and accessories are sold around the world with 150.

Africa, the Business of Food