August 07, 2017

08/08/2017: Moving forward and encompassing all

by Roger Gilbert, Publisher and M4L Trustee
Roger Gilbert

We received the official registration number for our new charity ‘Milling 4 Life’ on April 24, 2017

We are now registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (Charitable number: 1172699) in the UK.

A reminder of the charity’s’ objectives, “To promote sustainable development for the benefit of the public by the relief of poverty and the improvement of the conditions of life in socially and economically disadvantaged communities through the development of food and feed milling processes and storage and agriculture.”

Alongside, “Sustainable development means development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

We have been running this column in the magazine for some months now, with our trustees sharing the task. For background, you might recall we announced the formation of the charity in Ethiopia last November while attending the IAOM Middle East meeting Addis Ababa.

That might have been a little premature given we only received official confirmation of our status six weeks ago, but we had the opportunity to meet with African Union representatives at a major event held in Africa for African millers, and discuss how the industry and storage sector in particular could assist with progressing both flour, feed and aquafeed milling among key countries under the African Union’s umbrella.

In fact, we highlighted the opportunity to make a significant impact with a meeting on crop storage. Fifty percent of all harvested crops throughout Africa do not make it into the production process and are wasted. It would be invaluable if we, the industry, together with the industry’s storage suppliers, could help African agriculture address this problem and reduce this unacceptable level of wastage.

Better and more appropriate storage would also mean that crops coming out of storage, ready for use in feed and food production, would be in better shape. We left that meeting with the possibility of setting up a trial storage facility that the African Union could promote to its member states as one possible solution in given circumstances.

That project is still in the formation stages.

Read the full article, HERE.

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