Grow to Market: A Social Enterprise Promoting Market-driven Solutions in the Global Fight Against Hunger and Malnutrition
July 31, 2018
Russ Webster, Founder and President, Grow to Market
Post-harvest loss and food contamination are major contributors to global hunger and malnutrition. In a 2015 study, WHO estimated that 600 million people became ill—and 420,000 died—in 2010 because of foodborne illnesses, with the largest impact in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. In Africa alone, an estimated 137,000 people die from foodborne illness each year—that is about 375 people each day.
Moreover, food contamination not only severely affects human health, but also overall socioeconomic development by impeding employment and income that a lower-risk food industry could generate. The challenges are made even more critical with growth in urbanization, which adds complexity to the systems for moving food from farm to table. This ever-increasing need to produce, process, and deliver safe and nutritious foods to consumers living throughout the developing world is fertile ground for innovation, entrepreneurship, and income generation that is yet under-tapped.
At Grow to Market we embrace this challenge. We are building a global network of food safety and food processing experts, matching their skills with those of experts in entrepreneurship, business development, and finance, with the goal of supporting the growth of small- and medium-sized food enterprises which are serving local markets. We are partnering with public and private sector institutions—corporate sponsors, foundations, donors, universities, research centers—to focus greater attention on post-harvest businesses—processors, storage operators, transporters, or retailers—and the important role they play in connecting producers with consumers.
Join us in Building Momentum for Market-Based Solutions to Hunger
Grow to Market is a registered 501 c 3 whose aim is to reduce global hunger and malnutrition through the power of local innovation and entrepreneurship. Working alongside business leaders, donors, investors, and other development organizations, we are helping to create and deliver market-driven solutions that yield more nutritious, safe, and sustainable food products to local consumers now at risk due to a lack of adequate nutritional intake.
Our team is comprised of industry leaders and experts that have deep, global experience in agriculture and rural development. We are actively seeking to expand our network of experts, partners, and funders who support our vision of a world where local businesses are driving local solutions to help build safer, more sustainable food systems that serve a class of consumers who in today’s world go to bed hungry and live a life fraught with malnutrition and sickness.