Feed the Future
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Value-Added Foods

Drying peppers in Tanzania. Photo Credit: William Creighton/DAI

This collection highlights contributions shared as part of the Value-Added Foods Month hosted in September 2018 by USAID’s Office of Market and Partnership Innovations. The term “value-added foods” includes crops or foods that have been enhanced through a variety of improvements, including processing, fortification, increased safety or nutrition, better packaging or extended storage. The benefits of value-added foods include providing better nutrition to children and mothers; greater income for producers; access to new markets; and new processes to improve packaging and storage to reduce waste and ensure greater food safety.

This post explores how building the right regulatory environment is key to lowering risk and uncertainty around product development, facilitating the introduction of new technologies into the market, and supporting the growth of new industries.
In central-northern Burkina Faso in the city of Kaya, fresh milk is not always available. Because of low investment in milk production, demand in both rural and urban areas is high, and most of that demand is met through imported milk products . As an employee at a local dairy processing...
It’s the age-old tale of supply and demand. Farmers need reliable buyers to reach markets and earn an income. Processors need reliable suppliers of raw materials to make value-added products to sell to customers. In Malawi, farmers and processors alike are identifying and addressing opportunities...
The millet head miner destroys nearly 85 percent of yields in Niger. While the pest is difficult to control, researchers are working to develop and scale a biocontrol program to help restore access to food and form a new market for producers.
When it comes to food production, Sri Lanka is a land of plenty; however, post-harvest losses are reportedly close to 30 percent. Food-focused SMEs need business development, support for consistent product quality and access to financing.
The agriculture sector is often seen as a risky bet for investors, though interest in the area, particularly for impact investors, is growing. This holds true in the processing sector, where investors and businesses alike are not always “ready” to take risks in less-certain markets for financial...
This October, I had the opportunity to leave my post here at Agrilinks to do a volunteer consulting assignment helping develop the next phase of Winrock’s Farmer-to-Farmer program in Senegal. Having worked in international development across the African continent for 15 years, this was among the...
The world’s population reached 7.5 billion in 2017 and is projected to reach about 10 billion by 2050. However, food systems are not performing according to our expectations. Thus, in today's world, about 815 million people are suffering from hunger. To feed this many people, global agricultural...
As global value chains expand and more nations participate in cross-border trade, value-added foods are increasingly beneficial in addressing food security, nutrition and poverty. The term “value-added foods” includes crops or foods that have been enhanced through a variety of improvements,...