Africa Improved Foods (AIF) makes nutritious fortified foods in Africa for Africa. The plant in Rwanda officially opened one year ago on 31st May 2017 and celebrated its first anniversary. The impact of AIF during the first year of operation in addressing malnutrition and encouraging local production has been widely recognized.
At Hitec Electric we are proud that we can contribute to the success of AIF. We supplied and installed the rotary UPS systems that provide the plant with continuous and clean electrical power. We trained factory staff to operate the units. And we take care of maintenance to keep the system in mint condition.
Africa Improved Foods in Kigali is one of the largest nutrition factories on the continent. Its annual production capacity is 45,000 tons and it employs over 300 staff. AIF intends to buy at least 50% of its maize and soy locally to contribute to rural development. This has a large impact on the local farmers. AIF sourced over 4,500 metric tons of maize from Rwanda alone in 2017. 24,000 Rwandan farmers produced this maize and sold it to AIF.
AIF, in partnership with the Government of Rwanda, supports nutrition programs for the most impoverished communities. Also, it produces relief foods for the World Food Programme.
Royal DSM is part of the AIF Rwanda joint-venture. DSM published a press release about the one-year celebration that is worth reading. It describes the impact of AIF in Rwanda and beyond.
CNBC Africa also featured the AIF first anniversary. CNBC assesses the impact of AIF one year after the plant opened:
Hitec Electric congratulates AIF with this first successful year. We wish many more years will follow.