The Leading African Women in Food Fellowship is an ambitious program aimed at supporting changemakers who are making outstanding contributions/impact in the African food ecosystem. This initiative amplifies, celebrates, champions, and advances the work of these female food changemakers.
Jacqueline Joyreen Banda is the founder of Jeyie Foods, a company focused on farming and value addition. Their primary target group is under-five children whose growth and development heavily rely on nutritious food. Jacqueline's vision is to provide children with a healthy and balanced diet that includes essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, ensuring optimal mental and physical development.
In 2019, Jeyie Foods started by producing chili sauce, aiming to help people reduce inflammation and lower the risk of heart disease. However, in 2021, after witnessing the positive impact of nutrition on a malnourished 2-year-old child, Jacqueline expanded the company's product range. Jeyie Foods now offers various nutritious products such as porridge flour and peanut butter (smooth and crunchy).
A core aspect of Jeyie Foods' mission is to support local communities. Jacqueline sources farm produce from 178 women smallholder farmers. She also provides them with training on producing nutritious products for their households, as she believes that the caregivers' ability to provide nourishing food plays a crucial role in the well-being of children during their early years.
With a Bachelor of Business Administration from APG Shimla University, Jacqueline brings seven years of experience working with humanitarian projects, particularly in the administration department. Her professional background includes collaborating with organizations like World Vision Malawi, Banja La Mtsogolo, and Plan International.