Almi (Nutritional Foods for children and adults) Factory

This factory started production about a year ago and produces a nutritional food recipe composed of eight types of grains and cereals  which is processed and can be used as a hot  cereal drink like  ATMIT.  

The production of an ALMI  food product is  a very logical development of the Awra Amba community. Because it doesn’t have much land to produce crops ( the township is established on 17 Hectares  and they only have another 26 Hectares around the township , which is mostly stony hills and river gorges). so it   can assist the surrounding community by establishing a supply chain that sources crops like teff, Dagussa, rice, chickpeas, peanuts, Beans, maize , Haricot Beans, Guaya etc from the farmers and processing them and dispatching it to far off markets.

In addition it can create jobs in the factory for the surrounding workers and farmers in the processing sector and generally assist the country and the many people damaged by regular famine, war related displacement and malnutrition by introducing a food product rich in protein and carbohydrates to help them heal and repair physically.

 

The factory was set up in a refurbished 400 sqm warehouse which was modernized at the cost of over a million Birr. Equipment such as flour mills were installed and some 18 workers were hired and trained. Product development had taken over one year, experimenting with different grain and cereal proportions and mineral additives such as iodine salt.


From the outset we were working with partners who are friends and supporters of Awra Amba in the project and the task of getting food product certifications took quite a long time and there were many ups and downs. Eventually certification was received and production started.

Prior to commencement of production the two partner organizations including the Awra Amba coop Association and the Amba agro industrial processing group  had very long exploration sessions trying to develop how best to approach this joint effort. In the end the approach that was developed was implemented for a year and was found wanting. 

Currently we are in the process of redefining how this should go forward.