Food waste is something we see daily among humans in homes, supermarkets, and restaurants. And most times, a lot of persons do not realize that they waste food when they do. Sometimes as humans, we can’t help but dispose of expired food products or leftover food items. Meanwhile, many do not have what to eat around us, while others have enough food to waste. Poverty in Africa and around the world is the only reason why many can not provide for themselves. However, today’s innovation has grown to the point that food can be made available to the poor. This means that instead of leaving the leftover food to expire in homes and supermarkets, they can be channeled to the poor and hungry.
Chowberry App Preventing Food Waste
This is a great innovation, providing a solution to hunger among the poor in villages and communities. This innovation was inspired by Oscar Ekponimo’s childhood experience of hunger, at a time in his life. According to Oscar, he experienced hunger as a child when his father could not provide for them due to ill health. So, it is true when they say that our experience can push us to achieve great heights of success.
Oscar Ekponimo’s dream of providing food to the poor and solving the problem of food inequality has become a reality. With the use of his invention called “Chowberry”, Oscar can connect people and NGOs to supermarkets. This is because, in supermarkets, some food items are bound to end up in the bin if not sold out before their expiring dates. However, with this app, people and NGOs can get a large number of food items on discounts before their expiring date, thereby reducing food waste. However, individuals and NGOs are encouraged to take up large projects of providing food to the hungry at the bottom of the pyramid, thereby reaching out to more people at a reduced cost and with the desired quantity of food items.
The Impact Of Chowberry App On Preventing Food Waste
So far, the Chowberry app has brought hope, and it has served as an excellent tool for solving the problem of food inequality. Moreso, organizations are taking full advantage of this app to promote charity in rural communities. However, it is worthy to note that Chowberry App has been utilized so far by 35 retailers, NGOs ( non-governmental organizations), and other organizations within the country, According to bbc.com.
There is live testimony from sales representatives at a supermarket in Abuja, Nigeria. This was on how he helped to unload shelves filled with different types of mill flour. It was not for disposal but for collection by a charity (Thrifty Slayer) that had bought the food items on discount through Chowberry. Here we can attest that there would have been food waste as usual if there was no Chewberry app to help connect people to supermarkets.
Food waste is a problem which Oscar, as an entrepreneur, aspires to use as a vital tool for solving the problem of food inequality in Nigeria and around the world.
According to UN figures, there are over 14 million people in Nigeria that are classified as undernourished.
According to the director of public policy at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Foundation, an organization campaigning for food security in Nigeria. Amara Nwankpa said, “Hunger is a major problem.”
Yes, the rate of poverty in Nigeria and other Africa countries is high, but then it is a good thing that innovations are channeled towards solving the problem. This means to get out of a problem, and solutions have to be provided through innovations and supplies.