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Food rescue Program from the farm to the mouth in need.

Balancing “imbalanced food market” by linking surplus (supply) and deficit (demand) and provide education to all actors along the food chain

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

Food loss and wastes (especially Post Harvest Loss) in Africa has remained a persistent challenge. According to the World Resources Institute, approximately 23% of available food in Sub-Saharan Africa is lost or wasted, 40% of the losses occur at post-harvest and processing levels while in industrialized countries more than 40% of losses happen at retail and consumer levels. According to FAO, 2013 such food loss results to undernourishment of 24.8% of Sub-Saharan population. Also, mentioned the major causes which are generally characterized by poor supply management from farm gate up to the final consumers and lack of adequate knowledge. Basing on that, Our team has come out with the idea of initiating a Food rescue Program from the farm to the mouth in need by linking farmers and others who have unsold and unmarketable food to people and charities that need food. The program would form a collaborative Partnership with the community and will use an open participatory workshops for education and training provision along the food chain. Also, ICT infrastructure would be used for tracking schedule of our green rescue team and web-based form for data feeding when they collects and load excess food to refrigerated trucks and transport to collection centers where they are repackaged for being delivered to the vulnerable people. ICT infrastructure would also be used in requesting food to be picked up and having a social media page for open history of food delivery to the needy.

WHO BENEFITS?

The project will directly benefit all actors along the food supply chain by making sure there is a small needless squander of edible food. This benefit would socially, environmentally, economically impact the community through reduction of the amount of wasted investment and increase the economic well-being, reduction of wasted water, land and unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions from rotted food as well as helping women who interact with food at each stage of the value chain.

WHERE WILL YOUR IDEA BE IMPLEMENTED?

My idea would be implemented in Dar es salaam region - Tanzania.

ARE YOU IMPLEMENTING IN AN ELIGIBLE COUNTRY?

  • Yes

EXPERTISE IN SECTOR

  • I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for over a year

EXPERIENCE IN IMPLEMENTATION COUNTRY(IES)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOU!

I am a leader of a team responsible for realization of this Non-Profit Food Rescue Program that would work to feed marginalized community in Tanzania through a community-led donation program. Also, I have a degree in Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness experienced in working with farmers.

IS THIS IDEA NEW FOR YOU OR YOUR ORGANIZATION?

This is a new idea for our team. We are currently providing consultation and lessons about agriculture through our Platform known as Agriculture Initiative in some of the social network (whats app and Telegram) and direct farm teaching for the individuals who really eager to start agribusiness project. After a profound analysis of the team on the problems of food availability (food security), its distribution as well as food wastes and loss in our community, the team came out with Food Rescue Program that links surplus (supply) and deficit (demand). For a variety of reasons in the community, there are a growing number of people who need food assistance because households did not have access to enough food to meet their basic needs and they are helped with our program through food donation. The program will make sure there is least needlessly squander of edible food along the food chain that represent a cost, as they need to be transported and disposed of in landfill. Therefore, linking surplus (supply) and deficit (demand) could counterbalance this “imbalanced” food market and at the same time reduce food loss and waste; this is exactly what our Food Rescue Program would do.

HOW IS YOUR IDEA UNIQUE?

Conceptually, this initiative would offer a unique community-led model that diverts surplus food away from landfill to those who need it. The model will help stakeholders to reduce food loss and wastes; and differentiate it from other initiatives that were available in the community; most of them lack clear, transparent and community-led model as our program do. For example, there was an initiative that used to feed people with Aids /HIV and other feed youth who were Drug addicts. Unfortunately none of them is still operating due to lack of participatory model, trust and transparency to the community who are the major agents of tackling such social problem. The successful of our project would be greatly aggravated by engaging the community through open participatory workshops, establishing local partnership, putting procedures in place to enable volunteers who form part of our Rescue Team to collect surplus food to our collection centers then are repacked ready for being delivered to vulnerable people. Therefore, this model whereby food, time and community space are freely given, would make our project to be unique, affordable and easily replicated to the whole country.

WHO WILL IMPLEMENT THIS IDEA?

In the context of having a Synergistic Effort, a range of affiliated partners would be engaged including our team in making this idea a reality. Fairly Partnership model with all beneficiaries would be formed including the: Community : For reaching people in need in efficient and ethical way, Food actor’s : For the availability of surplus or unmarketable food, Event-related Partnership: Having collection sites for donation and Partner with Health Officers for proving the recovered food

HOW HAS YOUR IDEA CHANGED BECAUSE OF BENEFICIARY FEEDBACK?

During beneficiary feedback phase, I formed a task force (team) with five members that interviewed various food actors. We wanted to know their perception on food loss and wastes, how do they manage them as well as its impacts on their livelihood. Every interviewee revealed awareness on food loss and wastes and we found that, most of the traders are not willing to donate their cereal crops even if they are in surplus supply; because they are durable and staple food with assured market. While, those dealing with perishable food showed a great will to donate their food but raised concern on trust, transparency and participation to know if the donated food reach the mentioned people in need. Finally, the team gave more weight on ensuring a common understanding and the sense of ownership to all beneficiaries through a fairly partnership model and open participatory workshop and decided to focus primarily on perishable foods only. Also, suggested introduction of ICT infrastructure for easiness of our operation like online form for requesting food to be picked up, volunteers’ management system as well as a social media page for open history of food delivery to the needy.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR UNANSWERED QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS IDEA?

The triumphant of our idea would base on legitimacy and the sense of ownership, that the program would have in the community. And this would be inculcated by introducing a unique and integrated community-led model involving “collaborative partnership model” to all stakeholders. Most of our questions are channeled towards forming real, trust and sustainable partnerships with all stakeholders necessarily for program success. How can we build a trust-based relationship with stakeholders? and if it is necessary to develop a written agreement with partners stating what foods will be donated, how food will be handled and stored for safety, and how frequently that food will be transported?

WHY DO YOU THINK THE PROBLEM YOUR IDEA SOLVES FOR HASN'T BEEN SOLVED YET?

In Tanzania, the Poor food accessibility due to households's lower income, inefficient distribution system due to Poor infrastructures, high post-harvest losses (40% for perishables and 20 % for grains) due to poor post-handling practice has continued to remain the major concerns toward the security of food and nutrition in the country. Also, there are growing numbers of people who face difficulty in accessing food as well as the higher percentage increase of food waste in solid wastes’ composition. Therefore, our idea of counter balancing “imbalanced food market” by linking surplus (supply) and deficit (demand) is the only unique model for solving problem of food security and food loss.

WHAT WOULD YOU ULTIMATELY LIKE TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS IDEA? WHAT IS YOUR NEXT STEP TO GET THERE?

We would like to establish a “Hunger Relief System” in our community that would solve the problems of hunger, malnutrition, and food waste by linking unsold and excess (surplus) food which would otherwise be discarded to people and charities that need food. The system would trickle down the number of vulnerable people to zero after bringing together all stakeholders and finding mutual benefits around working together then we partner in ensuring all hungry families have meals on their table.

MEMBERS OF MY TEAM HAVE BEEN WORKING TOGETHER FOR:

  • Less than 6 months

MY INTENDED BENEFICIARIES ARE:

  • Within 50 km of where our team does most of its work

MY ORGANIZATION'S OPERATING BUDGET FOR 2015 WAS:

  • We didn't have an operating budget

Globally, food waste happens through the entire supply chain from the farm level up to the consumer level, and roughly one-third of the edible parts of food produced for human consumption, gets lost or is wasted. According to the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), that is about 1.3 billion tonnes per year. Basing on FAO facts on food loss and wastes reported that, in industrialised countries food waste (222 million tonnes) is almost as high as the total net food production in sub-Saharan Africa (230 million tonnes).

Moreover, in sub-Saharan Africa; food loss per capita is estimated at 120-170 kg/year, and about 40% of the losses occur at post-harvest and processing levels while in industrialized countries more than 40% of losses happen at retail and consumer levels.

This food loss and wastes challenge the lives of small scale farmers together with his/her families (wife, husband and children) because high levels of food losses contribute to childhood malnutrition and the chronic issue of vitamin deficiencies among poor households. In addition, small scale farmers often receive low prices for the foods they produce, since marketing intermediaries know that the foods they purchase from growers will lose a lot of volume and value before they can be sold to consumers. Most small farmers use a price taker marketing strategy, whereby they grow a commodity and offer it for sale to a buyer who comes to the farm gate, or if it is possible for them to transport produce to market, to the highest wholesale bidder in the marketplace on the day of harvest. This marketing strategy means that they receive low prices because their produce is often available at the same time as that of other local farmers, leading to gluts of certain types of fresh produce in the marketplace.


Basing on  Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) 2013, Food wastage footprint report, that aired out the causes of this food loss, which are predominantly poor practices in harvesting, careless handling of produce, lack of storage or poor storage conditions and transportation. This loss for farmers means that , they are losing land, labor, water, fertilizer and income. Moreover, the lost food also deprives farmers  the opportunity to grow and strengthen their businesses.

In evidencing those causes of food loss in Africa, We may refer Nigeria and Ghana, whereby Nigeria that is ranked 16th on the global tomato production scale, accounting for 1.2% of the total world production of tomatoes but still has an alarming 45% loss of tomatoes harvested due to Poor Food Supply Chain (FSC) management. Even, Ghana beside of its grain sector being endowed with more reliable modern storage technologies but is still facing a post-harvest losses of up to 50%, and this loss was justified was due to the lack of adequate knowledge( lack of proper training) and implementation of sound grain storage management.


Due to the above justified causes herein, which are  cross-cutting causes across African Continent , I have come out with the idea of initiating a Food rescue Program from the farm to the mouth in need that would link farmers and others ( processing centers, grocery stores, and other food sellers) who have unsold food which would otherwise be discarded,  to people and charities who need food, and build capacity through education and training to all actors along the food chain in the transfer of existing technologies and the spread of good practice  allied to market-led investment as the only cost effective program in reducing food losses and waste across the Food Supply Chain in the developing country like Tanzania.


The ideology of the Food rescue Program from the farm to the mouth in need has borrowed a lot of inputs from City Harvest food rescue organization that had been operating in New York for more than 30 years and has being successful since its inauguration.


Therefore, Our Food rescue program would partner with donors (farmers, processing centers, grocery stores, and other food sellers) and residents, charities that offer service to the people in need to ensure there is a win-win agreement on both sides.

Food rescue and Delivery Mechanism as well as its Education will be as follow:

  1. The food Rescue and Delivery Mechanism

The program would use refrigerated trucks that would run seven days (7) in week to collects excess food from our ‘’established centers” in the region that would otherwise go to waste from all segments of the food supply chain. In Addition to that, we are expecting to own a warehouse equipped with large cooler and freezer to safely hold perishable food until it is loaded onto our trucks and a large dry storage area to stock non-perishable goods.  Then after loading, within 24 hours, the trucks deliver this food to our community agency recipients in Dar es salaam, where it is transformed into hot meals ready for the people in need.

What will make us unique is that we will primarily deal with perishable food – fruits, vegetables, dairy products, frozen foods, bread and meats – we will not purchase food, and we will divert it from needless waste. Apart from that, we will use Local Health Authority to prove the food and crops, if would still be good, healthy and edible, intact in all its nutritious components and therefore good to be consumed without health-related risks.

  2. Provision of Education and Training on Managing Food loss and Wastes along the food supply chain and Information on Nutrition and Healthy.

  • Each year, the program would select only one crop and focus along its value chain by identifying all stakeholders (farmers, processing centers, grocery stores, food traders and marketers) who will be directly provided with information, demonstrations and education in Swahili languages. And we would provide long-term, intensive training for more than 30 people from various stages along the food value chain with the use of Swahili written training manual and fieldwork assignments to make sure our trainees gain practical, hands-on experience.


  • Also, the program would launch a Mobile Phone-based Platform that would help Tanzanian Small Scale farmers to forecast demand of crops across various market by updating them with stock available at respective market and their respectively price, also would provide information on food loss facts, waste facts and reduction tips as part of the education provision as well as information on nutrition and health.



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Photo of Chioma Ume
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Hi Marco!

The Amplify team and our experts have some feedback for you and your team:

Partnerships appear to be central to this idea – do you have any established already? If so, what is the nature of these partnerships?


How could an initiative like this be sustained financially?

It's great that you've determined a focus around perishable foods - how will you address the issues of trust that vendors brought up? What will you do that is different from other failed initiatives?

May you tell us more about your consultations with the communities that will receive the food? What gives you confidence they will accept it?

Do you envision that an idea like this could eventually become self-sustaining? How?

Looking forward to learning more! 

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Hello! Amplify team and other experts
I would like to take this opportunity to  thanks your team for  constructive feedback aiming at improving our program.
THEREFORE, FOR  THE NATURE OF OUR PARTNERSHIP ,Currently, we don't have a working partnership model for the program but we have planned to use a “Collaborative Partnership model” and under such model there would be  a mutually beneficial relationship with clear and defined goals and objectives that will be able to solve  problems of hunger, malnutrition, and food waste by combining efforts and resources . Although, maintenance of such Partnership, will require us to ensure all partners not only being kept informed of, but also  have a say in any decision concerning the program. Therefore, we would have an agreed schedule to discuss aspects of the partnership, such as maintenance of a common vision and resolution of any partnership difficulties as well as creating together program structures for fostering a sense of camaraderie and mutual identity.
FOR THE CASE OF FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY, FOR OUR LONG TERM EXISTENCE
We are expecting to raise funds first,by using  Tax Incentive approach  through Enhanced Tax Deduction. In Tanzania according to its “Income Tax Act” section 16 (1) (a), it expands tax deductions to any business that contribute during the year of its income to a charitable institution or social development project. Therefore we will use this opportunity to have an agreement with some companies (donors) that would provide portion of their Tax Deductions as a donation and being used to fund some of our operational costs.
SECONDLY, we would use a PAY PAL account for fund-raising through personal requests from our network in the community and also Fundraising through events.
IN ADDITION TO THAT, after developing a long-term relationship with  beneficiaries, we will introduce reasonable charges for those who have already benefited with our program and are requesting additional donations.

Also, we are expecting to agree with some of the food and beverage companies to collect their expires during our operation along the food supply chain and charge them a fees for that service.

MOREOVER, due to visibility and easy attention of our delivering vehicle we are expecting to use that natural opportunity for advertisement and ask companies to pay annual fees for that.
LASTLY, we would offer a membership cards for members including volunteers that will enable them to get discounts at various stores, shops and supermarket hence increase footfalls and loyalty to some of our potential donors' products and assure sustainability of our Partnership with those donors.

ON THE ISSUE OF TRUST,
Due to lack of clear, transparent and community-led model for previous failed Initiatives whereby such missed model is the driving factor towards building trust, relationship and sense of ownership, therefore for us is the only weapon that  would be used in addressing issue of Trust. Its success  would be aggravated with frequent Open Communication of information pertinent to the agreement and Sites visits to all partners. Also,  a written agreement would be used to build a trust-based relationship and such agreement would state what foods will be donated, how food will be handled and stored, and frequently that food will be transported. The sense of trust, ownership and reliability will strengthen the stability of the agreement, and also will increase chances for upgrading our partnership rather than dissolve in respond to the changing program’s needs and if it happens that there is a great chance of relationship dissolution, the model through its frequent open communication mechanism will make us sooner being aware of this and giving us enough time to make new arrangements and insulating against future uncertainty.
FOR THE CASE OF BENEFICIARIES,they showed a great will of being participated in the program and advised on the necessity of having a meeting with them to determine how much food they will take, what types of food they are looking for, and the best days for them to receive. Others were ready to volunteer and start working with our program. Also, they gave insights on defining and categorizing the communities that will receive food in such that the one with the highest need are served before those with a lower need, and this will help us to mitigate any conflicts of interest (i.e., a food rescue volunteer who also works with a recipient organization). Moreover, they raised factors like big concentration of shelters, meals and low-income housing units to be considered to the locations where we are approaching various donors’ stores. On the other hand, the tremendous increase in the number of people with hunger, malnutrition, as well as the number of food waste in the community whereby our program would offer a comprehensive solutions to such problems, are the ones that assure our program to be accepted easily with the community.

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Team

Hello! Amplify team
For the case of our program to be   become self-sustaining, our team will conduct a thorough research in the field for getting right information that would guide us in selecting the appropriate compatible program partner. Also, sustainability would be aggravated by forming collaborations with allies toward establishment of the needed Hunger Relief System in a mutual benefit way. Conversely, selecting the wrong partner can result in a lost opportunity after considerable time, effort, and funds that have been expended in support of a collaboration that is not working, also minimize the ability for the program to work again. But, the right partner helps create not only one successful project, but also avenues for continued collaboration and success with this and other program. For the success of such partnership and making our program being sustainable, we should make sure that the collaboration is clearly defined and tied up to program’s goals and objectives and ensure each partner’s purpose is understood by building a relationships based on trust and open communication.
Also, the financial sustainability through our innovative approach in raising funds from enhanced tax deductions, advertisement through billboards in our delivering vehicle, coordinating fundraising events, personal request for donation and also through charges in removing expires in the market would enable us to get funds that will be used to service some of our operational costs and hence contribute in making our program being sustainable.

Photo of Chioma Ume
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Hi Marco,

Thank you for your detailed responses! It's an interesting idea to use tax credits as a revenue source for an idea like this! Because the timeline of Amplify is so short (18 months of support), we are looking for ideas submitted by established partnerships or organizations. That said, it sounds like this idea responds to a real need in your community, so hopefully you will be able to find the right types of partnerships to support it. Good luck! 

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Hi Chioma Ume,
Thanks a lot   for your encouraging feedback..Be blessed
Best regards,
Marco Mihambo

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Hello Chioma Ume!
I have a concern, after introducing the idea to donors and beneficiaries they agreed to be part and parcel with it and we stepped further by developing a memorandum of understanding that has been already  signed....Therefore I am requesting if it is possible continue with the challenge while i am completing our agreement with stakeholders  by specifying the nature of our partnership in a written document that I would upload to the platform soon before the deadline of this refining stage

Best regards,
Marco Mihambo

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Team

Hi Marco,

We are less looking for a formal relationship as we are a working relationship that has lasted over time. That's because there's a lot of things that need to be worked out at the beginning of a partnership that will take time to establish. With only 18 months, it would be difficult to start at the very beginning. I hope that helps answer your question! 

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HelloMarco Mihambo. 
As you have outlined in your introduction,  the Post Harvest Loss in the African food industry is a real problem: The transformation industry is still in the embryonic stage [with potential for further development], the purchasing power of the citizens is too low to afford them, bad connection between farmers and the market, etc.  It is indeed important to avoid food waste by initiating this Food rescue Program, which is a brilliant idea. I am left with two questions though (1) how do you intend to ensure the sustainability (durability) of your project? (2) How  will you provide education to all actors along the food chain?  
I would be grateful if you could take a few minutes to read our project and provide us with a feedback as well.

Best regards,

Joseph Bahenda
Chicken 4all Ltd
Url: http://www.chicken4all.bi/

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Team

Hello! Joseph Bahenda
Thank you for your great observations but I am very sorry for being late to clarify  your  two raised questions concerning my idea: Starting with the issue of Sustainability actually Sustainability
 strategies are  very important for the long term existence of any program and doesn't necessarily be about getting money. But for Financial Sustainability of our program there various opportunity for getting money that can be used to fund some of our Operational Cost. In Tanzania there a great room of taking advantage of enhanced tax deductions whereby according to "Tanzania Income Tax Act" section 16 (1)(a) ,it  expands tax deductions to any business that contribute during the year of its income to a charitable institution or social development project.Therefore our program will use this opportunity to have an agreement with some companies (donors) that would provide portion of their Tax Deductions as a donation and being used to fund some of our operational costs.
The second one is that, we would have a PAYPAL account that will be used when we fund-raise through personal requests from our network of friends and family.
Also, Fundraising Strategy through events would be used and Moreover, due to visibility and easy attention of our delivering vehicle we are expecting to use that natural opportunity for advertisement and ask companies to pay an annual fees for that. Then, lastly we would offer a membership cards for members including volunteers that will enable them to get discounts at various stores, shops and supermarket hence increase footfalls and loyalty to some of our potential donors' products and assure sustainability of our Partnership with those donors.
And for the case of Education Provision, it  would be prerequisitized with research from our Green Rescue Team that would identify and collect information of all available potential stakeholders along the food chain in the community then they would be invited to attend our attractive designed workshop to learn more in participative model of teaching on food loss and wastes, hunger and its impacts on their livelihood and finally we would find a mutual benefits around working together then we partner and strategize ourselves in ensuring all hungry families have meals on their table.

Photo of Bahenda Joseph
Team

Thanks indeed Marco Mihambo for the clarifications.

You know, the most important thing in this matter is someone's vision. An individual can download a business plan from the Internet, or just let someone else write it for him/her but if that individual does not believe in his/her solution, the project increases the chance of failure.

Apart from that, the answers are clear to me, I had raised these questions because when I read your story the answers were not as obvious as now.

Thank you once again for updating me.

Best regards,

Joseph Bahenda

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Team

Thank you in advance Mr. Bahenda Joseph

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for more communication you may send some of your contact"s information through my email: marco.mihambo88@gmail.com

Photo of Bahenda Joseph
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You are welcome Marco Mihambo,
We surely keep in touch.
Regards
Joseph

Photo of YizhenLi_11879816
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Dear Marko,

I really like your ideas on balance food to these area where need the food. and great ideas on education as well.

Hope you can have you team for this!

Photo of Yury
Team

Dear Marko, 
Great Idea. It is great to see that you have awesome team. 
Wish you all the best with this Idea.

Photo of marco mihambo
Team

Thank you Yury

Photo of Joachim Mtefu
Team

I like you Idea, You must have good system and team member to make it run, I wish you all the best, and good improvement on it.

Photo of marco mihambo
Team

Thanks Joachim for your comment

Photo of Eric Kotonya
Team

Hey Marco
Your idea is great and I think many people would like to get involved whenever they have surplus food or time or other valuable resources.

One way to make this happen is by setting up ICT infrastructure to support delivery and drive participation efficiently and transparently.  I am thinking of at least ICT 3 systems:

1, An online form where anyone with surplus food can fill and request that the food be picked up;

2, A volunteers management system where people and corporates can sign up by expertise (driver, cook, counsellor or other expertise) region of Dar Es Salaam and say which days and hours they are available to participate;

3, An open history of food deliveries to the needy (could be a social media page).

Photo of marco mihambo
Team

Thanks Eric Kotonya for your constructive advice, I promise I would work on that because there is real need to integrate it with ICT infrastructure so as bieng easy to manage and track the program 

Photo of marco mihambo
Team

But Mr.Kotonya am not clear about having  a system with an open history of food deliveries to the need...Can I get a bit of clarification over there 

Photo of Eric Kotonya
Team

People donating food and services need to see the value delivered - statistics of how much was donated each month, how many people benefited, and stories/ photos of beneficiaries.  A Facebook page would serve this purpose, and act as a marketing channel for greater participation.

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Team

Okay great thank Mr. Eric Kotonya now I do understand....I have noted it and would be taken into consideration

Photo of fadhil mlosa
Team

What a great idea brother, i liked your idea because is very understandable, it left me with no confusion, i hope it will work very well, wishing you best of luck in a time of implementation of your idea..........cheer

Photo of marco mihambo
Team

Thanks Fadhil Mlosa for your insight understanding of our idea but we really need your inputs for more clarification of our model that would results our program to be sustainable in the community

Photo of fadhil mlosa
Team

Well, thanks for your response, in any project first of all we look for a problem, here the problems are to save a agricultural food products from spoilage so that you can improve a livelihoods of small scale farmers , my contribution here is that, as you said the project will be implemented in Dar es salaam, as much far as i know Dar es salaam isn't a right place for your project because you will not encounter any physical challenges , it would be better if you go a place like bagamoyo, i hope there you will able to find plenty of small farmers and different agricutural products , it will be advantages for you to learn  more and more , later on when you go for large scale things will be easy and ultimately your idea will bring national a positive results

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Team

Thank you Fadhil Mlosa! For your Constructive Feedback concerning our idea
But Our team has decided to set up such a program in Dar es Salaam after a Profound analysis  on the problem of food availability (food security), food distribution and the degree of food loss and wastes in Dar es Salaam compared to the other part in Tanzania. Also for variety of reasons in Dar es Salaam, there are a growing number of people  who seek emergency food assistance because most of their households do not have access to enough food to meet their basic needs. Hence, Our “community-led model” has been designed to address waste in its many aspects not only focusing to farmers but to all actors along the food supply chain and at the same time to help people in need. This will yield environmental, climate and societal benefits in the community. Among of the Actors include farmers and other downstream actors until final consumers (processing centers, grocery stores, and other food sellers). Therefore, basing on that our team would conduct field visit which is more likely as Research visit because the purpose of that is to collect data necessarily for easiness of our program to take off like potential farmer’s market in Dar es Salaam that are used by most of farmers from all over the country  to sell  most of their produces, due to good and reliable Market in Dar es Salaam that is catalyzed with high population in Dar es Salaam. Such scenario results farmers to have an aggregate Supply in Dar es Salaam more than its aggregate demand  hence such excess unsold food are discarded ending up rotting and increase its contribution to the city’s solid wastes. Therefore, due to that our Food Rescue Program has been designed in a unique way for being able to link such Surplus food (Supply)  and Deficit (Demand) in Dar es Salaam by including all food actors along the food supply chain from the farm (farmers) and other downstream actors until the final consumers.

Photo of Ozuluonye Shedrack
Team

Hi Marco Mihambo,
you are really doing a great job and i will appreciate if you could spend some time going through our work and recommend where needed as one with sound background in Agricultural Economist.
regards

Photo of marco mihambo
Team

Thank you Shedrack! worry out I will do that

Photo of Michael Ahabwe Mugerwa
Team

Hi Marco,
I have just  read through the idea. It's wonderful, I love the idea of bringing food to those who need it most.
If it is totally non-profit , I suggest you make it clear. It seems slightly confusing if it will be run as 100% non-profit or business run by a nonprofit to sustain its operations.
Good luck

Photo of marco mihambo
Team

Hi Michael Mugerwa!
Great Thanks for your valuable observation....we will work on it

Photo of Fadhila Muhanga
Team

Great Idea,

Photo of marco mihambo
Team

Thank you Fadhila 

Photo of Ismail Jumbe
Team

Wat a great initiative, keep up the good work. 

Photo of marco mihambo
Team

Hello Ismail Jumbe! thank you for encouraging comment

Photo of mkandala mkandala
Team

Hellow marco!!!
This is a great idea hop will work out make sure should implement in a real life..

Photo of marco mihambo
Team

Hello Mkandala!
Thanks you for your comment

Photo of Bahati Kamwela
Team

Very good idea which would create a great initiative. 

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Thanks Bahati! for your comment 

Photo of FABIAN THOMAS
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Hello Mr. Mihando...! 
Am so impressed with your idea. We get a lot of children suffering from malnutrition,so am sure this project will be a big help to that group. Good thinking for better tomorrow .
All the best Mr. Mihando 

Photo of marco mihambo
Team

Thanks Fabian Thomas! For your comment and observation concerning the our idea on how to serve marginalised community through our food rescue Program 

Photo of Maunda
Team

Hello Marco
am impressed on how you addressed the challenge, apparently many agricultural activists had tried to do the same or alike unsuccessful/with little impacts on community. Therefore, the strategies of overcoming the mentioned problems have to be more practical. Normally, trust-based relationship may be achieved through advancement of education to stakeholders(community). However, seeking assistant from TIB and agricultural companies and associations for advice or financial support is fundamental as you noted.

This is the big idea dont let it in vain, as you read through comments provided therein hopefully you might get something for improvement of your project.

Otherwise all the best bro.

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Team

Thank you Maunda for your constructive observations...I have noted all and would be considered 

Photo of ANDRY DAVID
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This is brilliant idea.we can save both food waste n save people..good distribution of food to the need society and support from everyeone..we can make it

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Thank you Andry for your encouraging comment 

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One among the major challange that farmers are facing is how to reduced the surplus food during high seasons. As a matter of fact the idea to locate this surplus food to the areas with deficit will be the one way of tacling the challenge. Additionally....training the farmer using their tradional ways to preserve these surpluses until low seasons will not only assure them with costant family food supply but at large improve their incomes as the prices will be already improved if they have to sell in low seasons.

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Thank you Hardy! for your comment moreover, everything that you have raised has been noted and would be considered 

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Hi Marco,
Thanks for reaching out.  I've as well loved your idea of ''EMPOWERMENT'' and resource distribution given the current levels inequtability. But above all i thought of how best can we educate our smallholders on the issues of variations in supply and demand gaps and equip them with the easiest low-tech ways at handle the gaps both in the short and long run.  Hoping to have in depth chat in regard to this with you in a coming while as luckily we are both Tanzanian based.
with kind regards,
SWK

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Thank you Sebastian for your great concern

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Nice idea Marco, This will  help initiate further concern about about food crisis in most African countries despite the fact that we have arable land for agriculture, but still we produce less than other part of the world! Also, I addition idea about food storage for future use will be helpful, both traditional and modern methods of food preservation! 

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Thank you Kan Junior for your contribution 

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This is a brilliant project. Many strategies I saw in this platform are trying to solve the issue through either technical or business approaches. But your project chooses to focus on social participation. This is practical and can modify public’s awareness about the food waste and shortage issues fundamentally. It has strong value for expansion in different regions of the world.



For the building of trust relationship, I think it may be possible to make those people who receive donated food get involved into the establishment process of this project as well. They should not only receive food and get help, but also contribute to the process through different ways with the guide of experts, such as help manage the food distribution process, storage, handling, etc. Other stakeholders get involved in the food distribution chain could be invited as well to participate into the management and operation processes. When people are not just donate food or receive food through this program, they might treat this project as their own business as well. Hope this will help construct a sense of belonging for stakeholders involved in this participatory program. And it would also make the process more transparent for public.

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Thank you Luu for your profound understanding  about the program goal and also great thanks for your valuable observations.....

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Hello Marco, I have seen  your idea it is so wonderful and impressive. You have a big talent, try your best to work on it you will be successful. 

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Thank you Angel for your encouraging comment...

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Hi Marco Mihambo! I appreciate your idea, it is great! One of the thing which you are supposed to do is to invest much on provision of education to all participants. In accordance with the experience I have, is obvious that plenty food is lost while the needy for that are many in Daresalaam as your locality. The issue to address is the movement towards mindset change. You can establish a center for reprocessing the leftovers of food, you need proper equipment and right people. Don't forget to establish safety measures to ensure the wellbeing of consumes. Lastly I wish you all the best in your endeavour. Keep it up

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Hello!  Said
Thanks you for your constructive comment and I would work on that...

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Hi Macro, 
The idea is good and it can be very succeful and upon creating trust you can try to use contract or providing shares to those that will be contributing food for the project .  And another challenge will be scaling out the beneficiaries, as for the start i think it will be ok to have a small targeted population before expanding the present. Nevertheless it is a good project worth to be im presented. 

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Thank you franco John for your great contribution 

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Hi Marco,
Such a nice and brilliant idea. Its possible to implement and its viable one to reduce food waste redirecting to those people who need it.
How to build trust: You can start by creating a free event and letting people contributing what they have. When they come to deliver or you collect from their points you can ask on ways to increase trust on allocation. Theoretically is letting contributor feel the decision of supplying and proud of where will it be consumed. Take photo events when you are feeding people and let stakeholder know.

Written contract: I think since its a volunteer its difficult and people are providing things which are over exceeding. In food its a difficult one as people will opt to store for future use. So volunteering and alerting those stakeholders on ways their contribution is used is better one.

Food storage: Since food rescue program aim at feeding people (and eating is a daily need), its better not to store but provide to all people on the same day. I believe people will provide food with mostly nearly expired date (though expiring date does not mean food in not good to be consumed within few days after expire e.g. bread, but rotten food is another thing which can't be consumed).

Create a collection point for people in need (e.g.street children and homeless people) and for those disabled one you can have a simple means deliver to their places every after very two/three days depending on capacity.

Wish you all the best.

NB: If you have any issue please lets discuss

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Thanks a lot fadhili Mbilinyi for your valuable contribution...May you please pass through Eric Kotonya advice concerning my idea and advise accordingly

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Well said and well presented am impressed  good job

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Thank you Godfrey Mchomvu

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Hi Marco,
My concern is on the stakeholders you intends to get the produce from, you may think on start selecting some who will agree on that as the issue is to get who will be honest and willing to give out what is suitable and good for others to eat.
The case of farmers you may do simple research to identify the farms nearly what they produce and when and the amount of post harvest they inc cur in order to know exactly amount will be possible to get from them whether their willing to do so, same as processing centers and whole sale markets. Otherwise well done and great effort sir.

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Hellow Eunice!
Thank you for your constructive feedback, I will work on that to improve this idea.

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No doubt, the idea is worth to be taken in consideration. I believe it will bring forward tremendous improvement once integrated with given framework.

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Thank you Elly Nelson for your comment
May you please spend some time going through the end part of our work titled " What are some of your unanswered questions about this idea? and recommend

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Marco,
As I said earlier, your idea is very smart, reasonable and brilliant.
More addition, the team needs to organize sustainable community development activities through community-based workshop, activation of the community association and establishment and implementation of the pilot project approaching bottom-up methodology.
Even though, there are some challenges needs more consideration:
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The poor inter-sector linkages as a result of weak coordination in sector policy formulation and implementation create conducive environment for the development and growth of private sector small, medium and large-scale agro-businesses.

- Unemployment is on the rise triggering off mass migration of youth from the rural areas into already overcrowded urban centres.

- Land pressure is escalating and deforestation is going on at an alarming rate and much more.


Based on the question “Is it necessary to develop a written agreement with partners stating what foods will be donated”.
The team needs to consider the following;

Development of TOR for dedicated desk – the desk will be suitable for initiation, coordination and keeping the Contract Farming agenda in order to bring together all actors currently active contacts with each other.
The statements agreed on Contract Farming should reflect the policy formulations and agricultural development programs in Tanzania.

Moreover, the team needs to formulate a “Farming Business Advisory Centres” at district or sub district levels. These centres will act as custodian of knowledge management in a particular district and would bring together public and private sector actors / services providers.

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Waoo greet Idea it will help to reduce food wastage. Education is highly needed to all actors first on the impact of food wastage in both quantitative and qualitative effect and ways on minimizing the wastage

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Thanks Bahati Hakimu!
For your valuable Contribution especially on your observation on the power of  Education to all stakeholders in making sure that all of them have a common understanding about the program. 

But may you please spend some time going through this work especially at the end part titled " What are some of your unanswered questions about this idea?"  and recommend for some of  my unanswered Questions including on:

1) How to build a trust-based relationship with stakeholders?

2) Is it necessary to develop a written agreement with partners stating what foods will be donated,

3) how that donated food would be handled and stored for safety( SAFETY PROCEDURES),

4) how frequently that food would be transported?

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Very nice bro I real like the idea ( mungu akisimamie)

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Thanks Humphrey! I really appreciate your concern
But may you please spare your time and help me to provide solutions for some of my unanswered Questions including on:
1) How to build a trust-based relationship with stakeholders?
2) Is it necessary to develop a written agreement with partners stating what foods will be donated,
3) how that donated food would be handled and stored for safety( SAFETY PROCEDURES),
4) how frequently that food would be transported?

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Well done, good work, I am inspired

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Thank you Fadhila for your continuing concern on my idea, I need more inputs from you for further improvement

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Good work brother

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Thank you bro!

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Hi Marco, really great idea! I particularly like the distributive nature of this model, nothing physical is being created, but rather a platform for food redistribution to reduce waste whilst also balancing out the surplus and deficit situation which you explained.

The key challenge here, I think, will be lie in the distribution of getting the surplus food from various sources: farmers, hotels, food sellers etc. to the "redistributors", such as charities and people in need of food. This would be simplified by focusing a small geographical region to begin with. I was wondering if you could explain further how you envision this specific process being carried out?

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Thanks Bowen Feng¡  for your valuable contribution....I will work on it

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