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food waste in Africa
  • As millions of people in Africa go to bed hungry today, tonnes of food will end up in landfills, too.
  • A UN report identifies gaps in Africa’s retail and food service sectors, presenting a significant hurdle in fully understanding the scope of food wastage.
  • The UNEP Food Waste Index Report 2024 identifies critical areas where action is needed to address the challenge in Africa.

An estimated one billion meals go to waste every day in Africa and across the world, the UNEP Food Waste Index Report 2024 reveals. The report, which shows food waste continues to hurt the global economy, adds that 783 million people were affected by hunger. In contrast, a third of the worldwide population suffered food insecurity in 2022.

Ecological catastrophe
  • The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) says food production across Africa is stubbornly low.
  • Households across Sub-Saharan Africa spend roughly 23% of their total income on food.
  • The Collapse of the Black Sea Initiative, the bombing of an ammonia pipeline, and a key dam in Ukraine spell doom for Africa’s food production systems.

Reducing hunger and increasing food production in a persistently low-income environment will be one of Africa’s biggest problems in the next ten years, a new report by FAO says.

The OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2023-2032 report attributes the challenge to increasingly volatile weather patterns due to climate change. At the moment, food production in many countries across Africa is stubbornly low.

During the period under focus, the report predicts that imports into the region will surge. And this will negatively impact the economic welfare of the continent’s 1.1 billion people.

Households across SSA spend roughly 23 per cent …