Food for All Africa

Reducing food waste and hunger in Ghana

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Each year 1.3bn tonnes of food, about a third of all that is produced, is wasted. Meanwhile, 815 million people worldwide go to bed hungry - suffering from chronic undernourishment.

In Ghana, food wastage is high, an estimated 45% of food produced goes uneaten, lost along the food supply chain. Meanwhile 3 out of 5 street children in Ghana are out of school due to lack of regular meals.

Food for All Africa works to recover and redistribute food in Ghana, reducing waste and feeding those who need it most. It is the first community food bank in Ghana. The initiative began after founder Elijah Amoo Addo, who was working as a chef in Accra, Ghana, discovered a homeless person recovering leftover food from bins and street vendors to distribute to others on the streets. He was inspired then to leave his job and a chef and devote himself to making a difference.

Food for All partners with smallholder farms, food manufacturers, restaurants and supermarkets to source surplus edible food. They then collect, sort and store the food, ready for distribution among beneficiary organisations such as schools, hospitals, orphanages and vulnerable communities. To expand their work further, they created “Virtual Food Banking” which links up beneficiary organisations with the closest participating retail stores for the daily collection of fresh produce, bakery goods and other essential products. Their mobile app and web service also helps reach more people, by connecting vulnerable communities to surplus food.

Alongside their vital, day-to-day work, Food for All are looking to make long-term nationwide change to combat food waste and reduce hunger. Over the past year, they have been working on a National Food Donors Encouragement Bill to help simplify the process for businesses within Ghana’s food supply chain to donate their excesses.

Food for All Africa recovers up to $5,700 worth of food each month from businesses within the food supply chain. “We realised that it’s not as if they don’t want to donate. The willingness is there—they want to give. It’s more the stress they have to go through in giving,” Amoo Addo says. Food for All makes the vital connection between food wasters and those in need. They aim to expand this successful initiative across West Africa.

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