The average Zimbabwean smallholder farmer makes less than $2,000 a year.
When poor rains limit maize yields, they make less. Meanwhile, only 8% of Zimbabwe’s 16 million people are consuming a minimum adequate diet—fewer meals per day often comprised of low-nutrient, highly processed foods.
So it’s no surprise that 1 in 4 Zimbabwean children are affected by stunting. Or that 31% of all deaths in Zimbabwe are caused by lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.
What we’re seeing are the effects of a market dominated by a handful of crops that perform poorly in Zimbabwe’s changing climate and provide limited nutritional value to the people who eat them.
But it wasn’t always this way. Only 3-4 generations ago, Zimbabweans grew and ate a diverse, healthy array of foods.
At Hutano Foods, what we do is very simple: we add value to underutilized traditional crops and plants that grow best for Zimbabwe’s farmers and turn them into delicious, healthy, and quick snacks, breakfast cereals and porridges for everyone to enjoy.