Nestlé, in partnership with USAID has embarked on a project assessment visit with the USAID to Northern Ghana, where it is supporting cereal farmers.
Nestlé Ghana issued a statement and copied to media said this partnership forms part of Nestlé’s ambition to develop thriving, flexible communities along its value chain.
It said safe and high-quality agricultural commodities are involved in ensuring the supply of quality products within the food-manufacturing sector.
According to the statement, in 2016 the company partnered with the USAID ADVANCE, with building the capacity of farmers and aggregators to ensure farmers produce maize that meets quality standards.
The statement said through the Nestle Cereal Plan, it works together with USAID ADVANCE to build the capacity of farmers and aggregators in the three Northern regions to ensure a continuous supply of safe and high-quality agricultural raw materials, help rural communities to increase their income, and reduce the level of mycotoxins in grains and legumes.
According to the statement, Mycotoxins are a extensive, natural and fungus-based contamination that can cause immune problems, liver damage in both humans and animals and impaired development in children. Regular training programs are helping farmers improve on producing quality grains through proper post-harvest management as well as the management of mycotoxins.
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