Plant Based Nutrition

IFA supports and advocates a nutritional plant-based diet for Africa and globally in the fight against poverty and malnutrition. It has been well-documented that meat production consumes a significantly larger proportion of food and resources such as grass, grain and water than a plant-based diet. In addition, meat production feeds proportionately fewer people than the same amount of energy and resources needed to raise plants for human consumption. It is estimated that between 10-20 times more people can be fed on a plant-based diet than on a meat-based diet, therefore there would be more than enough food to feed Africa and the world.

Currently IFA runs a mushroom farm to cultivate sustainable economic development by promoting the production capacity for a plant-based food system.

Located in Addis Abeba, our farm provides a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in mushroom cultivation while simultaneously supporting local food systems. Our team of expert trainer’s guide trainees through the full cultivation cycle using environmentally friendly practices. The training begins from identifying and inoculating growing mediums to harvesting and packaging mushrooms for sale.

The Values we harvest from Mushroom Farming
  • Nutritional Value: Mushrooms are low in calories and fat, while being rich in essential nutrients like vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Highlight how incorporating mushrooms into a balanced diet can contribute to overall health and well-being.
  • Sustainable Farming: Mushroom farming is considered an environmentally friendly practice. Emphasize how mushrooms can be grown using organic waste materials, such as agricultural byproducts or recycled materials, reducing the environmental impact compared to traditional farming methods.
  • High Yield and Fast Growth: Mushrooms have a short growth cycle, allowing for multiple harvests in a year. Discuss how mushroom farming can provide a consistent and profitable yield, making it an attractive option for farmers.
  • Versatile Cultivation: Mushrooms can be cultivated in various environments, including indoor facilities, outdoor beds, or even in small spaces like basements or garages. Highlight the flexibility of mushroom farming, making it accessible to a wide range of individuals and locations.
  • Market Demand: The demand for mushrooms has been steadily increasing due to their unique flavors, culinary versatility, and potential health benefits. Discuss the growing market opportunities for mushroom farmers, both in local markets and potential avenues for export.

Support sustainable food systems with IFA

Join us in promoting sustainable, plant-based food systems at the IFA Mushroom Farm By
choosing our delicious, organic mushrooms, you’re not only supporting a local farm, but you’re
also making a difference for both people and the planet.