Addressing the root cause of hunger in one of the world's poorest countries
October 16 is World Food Day, which recognizes food as a basic human right and calls for investing in sustainable food systems and tackling the root causes of hunger.
In Africa, poor yields often exacerbate food insecurity. OPIC has supported investments in multiple projects to help smallholder farmers access seeds or advanced equipment to increase their yields. One OPIC investment, the Phatisa Food Fund II, provides financing and technical assistance to agriculture businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa. Three years ago, Phatisa invested in the Meridian Group, a Malawi business that is working help farmers improve the soil on their land so that they can grow more food. Meridian hires agronomists to study the soil quality on individual smallholder farms, and develops customized specialty fertilizers for them.