Cutting food waste and boosting trade
Cutting waste. Improving quality. Matching supply with demand.
ABOUT ONE THIRD OF THE FOOD PRODUCED IN THE WORLD EVERY YEAR IS WASTED. THIS TAKES ITS TOLL ON THE ENVIRONMENT, MEANING A WASTE OF LAND, WATER AND ENERGY PUT INTO PRODUCTION, AS WELL AS A LOSS OF POTENTIAL INCOME FOR FARMERS.
We’re helping farmers store grain in warehouses certified as meeting international standards, so that crops can be kept dry and are less susceptible to fungal infections and pest infestation, both common results of poor storage. This means less food goes to waste, which benefits both the environment and farmers’ profits, as well as addressing food security. Safe in the knowledge that food won’t rot or be eaten by pests while in the warehouses, farmers are able to wait for prices to go up to sell their crops.
We’re helping increase the bottom line of farmers’ cooperatives producing and selling staple crops by:
• Increasing their awareness of the East African Community grain standards required of staple crops, especially those destined for export, and providing training on how to achieve these standards.
• Building their business skills and access to market information, to help them better decide when to sell and at what price.
• Helping farmers’ cooperatives gain access to credit to invest in their businesses, for example by taking a loan to buy a milling machine so they can secure higher prices by milling their own rice.