About one-third of all food produced is spoiled or squandered before it could get to consumers. This leaves the farmers poor and the populace hungry.
According to the World Food Organisation, One-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally, which amounts to about 1.3 billion tons per year.
The percentage is higher in Africa where about a quarter of food produced is wasted. Most of this rot in farms while the populace remain hungry and in search of cheap food.
This makes farmers incur huge losses, making farming unattractive to the teeming rural populace fueling hunger, anger, rural-urban migration and insecurity among others.
Also, while some have food in excess and would like to share, the lack of a platform to reach those who may need food donation,
ensures that such excess heads to the waste dump sites contributing to environmental and climate change problems.
Post-Harvest Losses is a Major Cause Of Poverty, Food Insecurity in Africa
Agriculture contributes substantially to the economic growth of Africa and employs about 40% of the total population.
However, while agricultural productivity is on the rise, post-harvest food losses has remained a critical challenge leading to poverty and hunger as
food insufficiency resulting from post - harvest losses affect most communities in Africa leading to poor diet and malnutrition.
While it is possible to reduce losses substantially by improving storage and transportation methods, in practice this is prohibitively expensive
especially for small farmers in the rural areas who produce bulk of Africa's food for whom it is essential to reduce losses.