Maize/corn is one the most consumed cereals in the world. WFP which is the biggest donor of food assistance estimates is always in constant search for partners that can help it meet its goal of reaching Zero hunger through improving nutrition, proving school meals and ensuring that the poor farmers who produce this food have the motivation to keep producing and are able to use the proceeds to provide for their needs while contributing to food needs of people other areas that have food shortages.
About The Maize Project
Maize is becoming an important food item as well as an important industrial raw material in Africa. It is a highly cultivated crop, key in ensuring food security and providing vital incomes for the rural poor. Specifically, Maize is estimated to provide a direct source of livelihood to millions of households.
Maize which grows in just about 120 days presents investors with the best model of resource mobilization to deliver the social good. Here is the what, how and when business opportunity of Maize in Uganda, a country along the equator that is leading the frontline in supplying food in the region with Maize becoming a big export commodity both for general population markets but also for humanitarian markets like WFP to address the escalating hunger problem in the conflict zones in South Sudan, Kenya, Congo and Somalia.
Under Breakfast Africa we aim to establish 3200 new acres of land under Maize cultivation, but also purchase Maize and produce flour and other Maize products. Maize will be purchased from local small holder farmers in any quantities. The unprocessed Maize is typically received, transported to the collection centers, dried, bulked and then transported to the processing plant before being bagged and either sold to high end markets or processed into other products like flour, and chicken feeds for sale to farmers. Maize will be stored until processed. Once processed, the flour will be bagged in 2kg, 5kg and 10 kg bags and transported for sale. The grade of the flour will be determined by the finished product’s fineness. Finer meal (grade 1) which is generally more expensive and preferred will be typically used for porridge, posho/corn meal.