In 2016 the United Nations defined the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (“SDGs”) aimed at mobilizing efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequality, and tackle climate change around the world. They are a call for action for all countries- no matter their economic condition- to collaborate over the next fifteen years to build economic growth and address the social and environmental needs that go hand-in-hand with sustainable development.
Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
PFS helps build up small and growing food companies across Africa. These local businesses go on to grow their revenue, create local jobs and expand the market for local farmers, fostering economic growth, and lessening Africa’s dependency on expensive imported foods.
Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture
Our vision is to improve food security and nutrition to enrich lives around the world. We do this by improving the efficiency of food processors, sharing knowledge on food fortification and championing good manufacturing practices that lead to safer food products.
Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
One of the pillars of our mission is to increase production and access to safe, nutritious food for local African populations . By offering the expertise needed for client companies to fortify foods with vitamins and minerals and test their foods for dangerous toxins often present in unprocessed foods, PFS is fighting malnutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa and ensuring food quality for our client companies' millions of customers.
Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
27% of PFS client businesses are female-owned, which is on par with countries with the highest rates of female entrepreneurship. As Monica Musonda, CEO & Founder of Java Foods in Zambia, puts it, "The critical question remains, Why are women-owned businesses not able to scale?" This is where our PFS expertise comes in. Our client companies receive the world-class business and technical advice they need to thrive now and in the future.
Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
By utilizing our corporate volunteers' expertise, PFS clients have reached higher levels of productivity and growth through product diversification, technological upgrading, and adopting innovative business strategies in an industry that provides both rural and urban employment opportunities. By improving their businesses, our clients strengthen supply chain linkages with local farmers, creating a more secure market for farmers. As our client businesses grow, they also create more formal sector employment which often offers safer and more stable workplaces for employees.
Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
PFS increases the access of small-scale industrial enterprises to affordable credit through our impact-investing partners like Root Capital and Grassroots Business Fund. This increased access to financial services fosters African innovation and affords businesses the opportunity to invest in equipment, develop infrastructure, and offer their customers import substitutions which strengthen their national economies.
Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries
Our efforts build up the capacity of local food processors who support their local farmers and grow their local economy. Our work ultimately supports the overall food sovereignty of African nations by lessening their dependency on imported foods.
Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
PFS strengthens our clients’ ability to plan for the high and low seasons to keep them operating through even the toughest times so that their communities can benefit from uninterrupted food availability. Our projects also support safe food storage practices, improved product packaging, and extended product shelf life.
Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
PFS initiates international cooperation between industry volunteers and growing African food processors to increase our clients’ access to the technology, expertise, and innovation needed for their businesses to thrive.
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