Afica Improved Foods (AIF), a unique social enterprise based in Rwanda, aims to help people maximize their potential through improved nutrition with affordable, high-quality, locally sourced foods.
Despite impressive economic growth, resulting in considerable improvements in living standards and poverty reduction in Rwanda, national levels of stunting in children continues to be a serious concern. While about 35% of Rwandan children under five years of age are stunted, overweight and rates of obesity are simultaneously increasing among children under 5 and women of reproductive age. Diets remain inadequate in the country, particularly among the most vulnerable.
Inspired by the vision of a sustainable value-chain approach and with the support of the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), public and private sector players – the Government of Rwanda, the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation, DFID’s CDC Group, the Dutch development bank FMO, and DSM, a global science-based company active in nutrition and health – joined forces in 2013 to launch Afica Improved Foods (AIF).
AIF produces fortified foods for infants and breast-feeding women in Rwanda and aims to source at least 50% of its raw materials domestically. However, at present the poor quality of local maize (aflatoxin contamination) prevents the company to reach its objective. The project aims to eliminate aflatoxin from Rwanda’s maize value chain by making the value chain more efficient. This will lead to improved food quality, less postharvest losses, increased farmer incomes and reduced malnutrition. Sight and Life is taking a leading role in monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning track of the project. This includes, in close coordination with the project management function:
- Developing the M&E framework and plan.
- Monitoring project performance across tracks and KPIs.
- Promoting evaluative thinking and supporting adaptive project management.
- Managing project evaluations.
- Leading results interpretation, reporting, and dissemination.
- 64 cooperatives
- 61,154 maize farmers with improved access to input or output markets and with 51% increase in income
- Avoiding waste of 23,029 MT of Maize (20% decrease of post-harvest losses)
- 4x increase in maize acquired by AIF
- Below 10% decrease of aflatoxin levels in maize sold to AIF
- Purchase and introduction of 4-5 grain dryers of 12.5 MT output per hour(price/model-dependent.