Nestlé has decided to partner with the Africa Food Prize to support its long-standing efforts to transform agriculture in the region. Like Nestlé, the Africa Food Prize aims to expand access to nutrition, boost livelihoods and improve the environment. Nestlé will contribute CHF 100 000 that will go to the main Africa Food Prize award and to a special category focusing on innovations that advance regenerative food systems.
“Transforming agriculture to be more productive and sustainable is key to reducing hunger and improving livelihoods for the long term”, said Remy Ejel, Chief Executive Officer of Zone Asia, Oceania and Africa, Nestlé S.A. “Our aim is to support and amplify efforts that spearhead regenerative agriculture and food systems to enable better productivity, better nutrition and better incomes for people in Africa.”
Commenting on the partnership, Dr Agnes Kalibata, President of AGRA, an African-led institution for an African green revolution, said, “We are happy to be partnering with Nestlé to recognize Africa’s best in food systems. The Africa Food Prize is a great opportunity to shine a bright spotlight on Africa’s outstanding minds, giving the rest of us a chance to learn from and replicate their good work that is moving us closer to sustainable, inclusive and resilient food systems and achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2 on Zero Hunger.”
The Africa Food Prize awards USD 100 000 to individuals and institutions that are pioneering agricultural and food systems transformation in Africa. It puts a spotlight on uniquely impactful agri-food initiatives and technological innovations that can be replicated across the continent to increase food security, spur economic growth and development, and eliminate hunger and poverty in Africa.
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Nestlé has a history of providing affordable nutrition to low-income consumers in Africa, and it is making great strides to support farmers everywhere transition to regenerative agriculture, as part of its Net Zero Roadmap.