“It is exciting to see how Africa is transforming into a whole new dynamic,” says Andreas Flückiger, Regional Head for the Middle East & Africa at Bühler. A deciding paradigm shift is currently taking place as nations move away from imports toward regional production with local raw materials.
“We want to change the entire value chain across Africa. Only local products will be processed and produced,” says Dangote. With flour, pasta, salt, sugar, and beverages, Dangote is already a key food producer in Nigeria.
Today, 80% of all food in Africa is still imported – an unbelievable figure. After all, Africa has the climate and land needed to grow. Aliko Dangote hopes to draw on this.
But that’s not all: Now, Dangote is making an investment in the high double-digit millions to strengthen the local farming and processing of rice. The region is practically made for rice. Six different locations in Nigeria will be equipped with 10 rice processing plants with an overall capacity of 160 tons per hour. Directly and indirectly, this will create thousands of new jobs. And thanks to process technology from Bühler, including optical sorting, the food products will be safe and high-quality. “We have to offer people a way out of poverty,” is Dangote’s creed.