WASHINGTON — While studying abroad in Uganda, Renee Dunn discovered its bounty of jackfruit, plantains, papaya and other fruits unlike anything she had ever tasted stateside. A couple years later, she returned there and launched Amazi Foods to share these flavors with American consumers while supporting economic development in one of the world’s poorest nations.

Numerous food and beverage companies have committed to ethical sourcing. Amazi goes a step further, keeping the production process in the country where ingredients are grown. The brand offers snacks including plantain chips and chewy jackfruit bites that are produced in Uganda and sold in more than 700 grocery stores in the United States.   

Amazi has created more than 150 jobs since its founding five years ago, paying more than double the local wages to full-time employees, plus paid leave, meals and regular medical check-ups. Ninety percent of the staff are younger…

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