Global Food Loss and Waster Tracker in Africa

By Emma Chinenye

IntelliDigest launched the Global Food Loss and Waste tracker on June 18 during the London Circular Economy Week in the UK and will be hosting an awareness campaign as well as announcing some strategic collaboration in Africa on July 29th.

The Global Food Loss and Waste Tracker will support the global effort by United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (UNFAO) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to measure and manage food loss and waste so that we can achieve SDG 2 – Zero Hunger, SGD 12 – Responsible Consumption & Production, and SDG 13 – Climate Action
targets by 2030.

“With a global download of the Global Food Loss and Waste Tracker app since its launch,
households and businesses have demonstrated their interest to measure, track and prevent
food waste and we are very keen to support them”.

“We are pleased to be collaborating with Universities, Research Organisations and relevant
food related businesses to enable young graduates develop biotech and deeptech skill that will boost Agrifood innovation, building on data insight from the Global Food Loss and Waste tracker.”,

“With these data, we can track food waste at every stage in the food system from farm to fork, avoiding edible food waste and managing inedible food waste more efficiently..

Additionally, it helps users to understand the monetary value and the avoidable potential greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of edible and inedible food waste. The Global Food Loss and Waste Tracker app will also enable users to share surplus food, purchase locally
produced nutrient dense food and improve their health.”

Dr Ifeyinwa Kanu, Chief Executive
Officer, intelliDigest Ltd Unizik is about to begin Collaboration with IntelliDigest on Global Food Loss and Waste Tracker.

This is in line with the actualization of the vision of Project 200 of the Vice Chancellor Prof Charles O. Esimone. Reducing Food Waste along Agricultural Value Chain
will Enhance Sustainable Food Security.

Therefore, on Thursday 29 July, 2021 the awareness creation and collaborating strategies would be launched between 1 – 3pm at the
Awka Window on American. Prof Nkiru Theresa Meludu: Dean Faculty of Agriculture Unizik.

“The STFC Food Network+ (SFN) brings together STFC researchers and facilities with research and industry in the agri-food sector in order to help the STFC community to make a meaningful contribution to the food system. We are pleased that the support provided to
IntelliDigest through the SFN Scoping Project has led to the development of the Global Food
Loss and Waste Tracker.

Measuring and monitoring food loss and waste is crucial to
understanding the sources and points of occurrence of the waste across the food system so that innovative technologies can be developed to mitigate such waste. We look forward to the great insight the data from the Global Food Waste Tracker will provide in tackling food system challenges holistically.”

Dr. Sonal Choudhary – PI, STFC Food Network+ 2.0 (UK,
Asia, Africa) “Tackling the problem of food loss and food waste is now well recognised as part of an
integrated approach to achieving sustainable food systems, and this is more so in developing regions like sub-Saharan Africa which suffers both high incidence of food loss as well as high incidence of food insecurity.

It is often said that you cannot manage what you do not measure! A strategic goal of the Pan African Society for Agricultural Engineering
(PASAE) is to modernize and transform agriculture in Africa for wealth creation and to improve the wellbeing of our people and the planet.

The Global FOod Loss and Waste
Tracker developed and championed by IntelliDigest, not only presents a novel tool to help quantify the magnitude of food losses and waste, it has the potential to provide real time dataset and information for just-in-time decision making to reduce wastage. We congratulate
IntelliDigest and look forward to partnership to roll out the Global Food Loss and Waste Tracker across Africa.” Distinguished Professor Umezuruike Linus Opara, PhD CEng CFS FIAgrE, Founding President – PASAE and Director UNESCO International Centre for
Biotechnology.

In Africa, the African Union has committed to reducing Post Harvest Loss by Half by 2025,
from its level in 2000. This is part of the Malabo Targets of the Comprehensive Africa
Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).

The problem with this indicator is reliable data to track its progress. Therefore, UNFAO continues to support countries toward the
reduction of food loss and waste (FLW) by providing technical support including capacity
building to enhance key stakeholder’s understanding of the importance of addressing the
FLW reduction challenges.

The support provided is aimed at assisting countries to prioritize,
plan, design and integrate food loss data collection efforts such as compiling the country Food Loss Index (FLI) to compare percentage losses over time.

In addition, FAO has developed a case study food loss analysis (FLA) methodology that looks at the causes and how to develop solutions to reduce food loss. Joseph Mpagalile – Agricultural Engineer (Sustainable Mechanisation), UNFAO.

Why does it matter?
Globally, one third of the food grown for human consumption is wasted which is over 1.3 billion tonnes.

In the UK alone it is estimated that 4.5 million tonnes of food (WRAP, 2020) is wasted a year from households excluding the inedible parts. For most regions, we have little or no available data.

The potential economic loss from global food waste has been estimated to be over £800
billion with potential environmental impact of over 3.3 GTonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent.

Infact, Agrifood production contributes to 26% of GHG emission and food produced but not consumed accounts for 8% of total GHG.

However, it is more challenging that in the midst of so much food waste, over 800 million people are hungry, over 1.9 billion people are under-nourished, either diabetic, obese, etc. leading to 1 in 5 deaths linked to malnutrition.

Hence, the time to act is now so that we can halve food waste by 2030 and sustainably feed over 9.5 billion people by 2050.

Measuring and tracking food waste across the food system has become imperative as we
can only change what we can measure.

The Global Food Loss and Waste Tracker will provide real time awareness on the environmental and economic impact of food loss and waste via effective measuring and monitoring to consciously take the right action to eliminate food waste, save money and save the environment.

IntelliDigest is on a mission to empower global food sustainability working with national and
international organisations. Our technology solutions are founded on robust cutting edge technologies to empower stakeholders in the food system from farm to fork on the path of
meeting the SDG targets by 2030. Consequently, IntelliDigest also offers Capacity building and Research services on top of its innovative solutions.

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