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Mavuno Harvest plants seeds of small-business expansion in sub-Saharan Africa

August 28, 2017, Philadelphia Inquirer

Witney Schneidman is quoted by the Philadelphia Inquirer in an article regarding the impact of Mavuno Harvest, which imports dried fruits from sub-Saharan Africa to sell at Whole Foods and other retailers, on African economic development. "In taking those mangoes and bananas and drying them and then connecting them with Whole Foods and other retailers in the U.S., [Mavuno Harvest founder Phil Hughes is] connecting those producers to the global supply chain,” says Schneidman. "It’s narrow. It goes from the growers to the dryers through Phil to Whole Foods. But that’s a really important start. The real challenge is for these producers to deliver X amount on time every month at a consistent quality level. Aid will never develop those skills."

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