Impact Brief: Private Sector Engagement Approaches to Affect Local Food Systems
The food processing sector in Africa is essential for driving economic growth, rural development and gender equity and improving diets, making it a crucial element in strategies to transform food systems. The Alliance for Inclusive and Nutritious Food Processing (AINFP) positions food processors as the catalysts for transforming food systems. AINFP, funded as a Global Development Alliance (GDA) with USAID and Partners in Food Solutions (PFS), creates a competitive food processing sector in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia, working with over 225 food processors and 1,000 other public and private sector actors.
This brief presents strategies, results and recommendations for enhancing the sector’s competitiveness and positively affecting the food system. We share insights on the influence of AINFP’s activities across different food system components, as outlined in USAID’s Food Systems Conceptual Framework. Leveraging this framework, we pinpoint the specific areas within the food system where AINFP’s initiatives have likely impacted, illustrating the far-reaching impact the food processing sector can have on food systems. We also share the various private sector engagement (PSE) strategies implemented and highlight the lessons learned to contribute to the collective knowledge base for future programming in this space.