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Working as a husband and wife team, Valerie and Alula decided to harness the nutritional value of teff (which is full of fibre, calcium manganese, phosphorus, iron, copper, aluminum, barium, thiamin, and vitamin C) to create a unique snack. Dirkosh Crunch, a modern spin on this ancient grain that originated in Ethiopia as far back as 4000 BC, is a vegan, gluten-free, & oil-free teff crisp that is sure to satisfy your cravings. The Garlic Rich, Fiery Mitmita, Toasty Sesame, & Afar Salt flavors are bold and adventurous: just like you!  The idea for Dirkosh Crunch began when Valerie turned vegan...

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The Epicurious Hedgehog is the brand of Natural Extract Industries (NEI). NEI works with 150-200 smallholder vanilla and cocoa farmers, across four regions of Tanzania. By providing training, subsidised inputs and procuring direct from the grower, they have developed a value chain that benefits everyone involved. For example, some growers earn over US$1,500 from a single harvest! This value chain did not exist as recently as 2012, when Juan Guardado – the charismatic founder – and his co-founder, Silas Noah, started working directly with farmers to introduce vanilla. After four years of hard work to support farmers to grow and...

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Ten Senses is about fairness: fair nuts, fair coffee, and fair pineapple. As a social enterprise working in East Africa, they are dedicated to organic, fair trade and ethical business practices. In this way, they have the ambition to make a difference to the livelihoods of 1 million smallholder farmers in the next 10 years. Furthermore, as the products are 100% organically grown, all-natural with no added sugar, they are good for you too! Their story began in Central Kenya, when the founding team encountered macadamia farmers who were struggling against unscrupulous middlemen to get a decent price for their...

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On the shores of Lake Victoria, in Mpigi District, sits the Asante Mama cocoa farm of 200 acres. However, whilst a farm conjures up images of neatly pruned rows of crops solely for the benefit of the harvest, this farm is quite different – something of a habit for Asante Mama. As well as allowing multiple crops to grow among the protected trees, helping protect the soil, a whole 10 acres is left to be forest. This allows wildlife to thrive, with monkeys, crescent cranes – the national bird of Uganda, featured on the flag – and even snakes enjoying...

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Azuri produces dried mango, pineapple and banana – all with no additives, so they are tasty as they are healthy.

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