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Food circular project approach and re-using the food that we already have:Turning food waste into food taste

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

Decode Yield

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Small company (under 50 employees)

Website of Legally Registered Entity

How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?

  • Under 1 year

Lead Applicant: In what city or town are you located?


Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?


Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?

Nairobi metropolitan population is 6.5 million. 14.5% of Nairobianssuffering from low food security, and 11.7% chronically food insecure

What country is your selected Place located in?


Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

In Nairobi with a population set to reach 14 million by 2050, there will be many more mouths to feed. But the journey from farm to fork is currently not as smooth or green as it could be.

Describe the People and Place: Provide information that would be helpful for an outsider who has never been there and may have no context about this Place to better understand the area.

As the prime connection between people and the planet, sustainable food and agriculture have great potential to address many of our challenges, serving up affordable, nutritious food, strengthening livelihoods, revitalising rural and urban landscapes, delivering inclusive national growth and driving positive change. Every person involved in the food system—rowers, food processors, distributors, retailers, consumers, and waste managers can play a role in ensuring a sustainable agricultural system. Re-designing our food production systems on the basis of the circular economy would guarantee that all people across the world have nourishing food, and that this is produced following environmentally-friendly sustainability The double food and environmental pyramid we have developed highlights the extremely close links between two aspects of every food: its nutritional value and the environmental impact it has through the stages of its production and consumption

What is the estimated population (current 2020) in your Place?


Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.

Globally, 1/3 of all food produced is wasted; this is environmentally devastating and profoundly unsustainable. On the other hand we have another 2.2 billion people joining the planet by 2050, and in order to feed everybody we need to increase global food production by >50%. Over the past 15 years, we’ve seen how climate change and resource utilization are closely linked, and food is one of the most important resources in that equation. This puts food waste squarely at the center of many global challenges. Reducing food waste would have a game-changing impact on natural resources depletion and degradation, food insecurity, national security, and climate change. Food waste occurs everywhere and at almost every step of the food chain. This is a problem for an obvious reason: nearly 800 million people are undernourished worldwide (FAO, 2016) while 1.3 metric gigatons of edible food goes to waste every year this is really a moral grain. Put another way, if we were to reverse this trend we would preserve enough food to feed 2 billion people — more than twice the number of undernourished people across the globe. In Africa, the losses are even higher: between 30% and 50%.This estimate is cumulative because losses occur at every stage of the supply chain – from production to the consumption. Hunger isn't a scarcity problem, Hunger is a logistics problem. There isn't a lack of food, rather an ineffective redistribution of wasted food or surplus food especially. Hunger isn't a scarcity problem, Hunger is a logistics problem. There isn't a lack of food, rather an ineffective redistribution of wasted food or surplus food especially. When live in a tech-enabled world where logistics issues are practically obsolete. Why are we still tolerating such a contradictory equation?

Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.

On Demand Digital Economy of platform and mobile application that helps businesses track and manage their food waste. Our end-to-end service would work in real-time to connect businesses with surplus or wasted food to those who need it right now, all while helping businesses understand and reduce their food waste reaping high financial benefit and positively impacting their bottom line by feeding them. We are creating an efficient and sustainable means of nutrition to low- income families & the vulnerable. We addresses hunger as a logistics issue, not a scarcity issue. Decode Yield ensures that surplus food and waste food is safely delivered from businesses to non-profits and those who need it. Food supplier/donors pay for decode Yield services — which include data, supplies, and logistics— to help them increase profits, reduce their carbon footprint, and optimize inventory while feeding their communities.

High Level Vision: With these challenges addressed, now provide a high level description of how the Place and the lives of its People will be different than they are now.

Our solution impact is two sided where we focus on Producing Food in which we care about: Availability, affordability, convenience,desirability and nutritious food in which in the Supply chain infrastructure and practices across the value chain will mostly include food wastage to ‘close the loop’ by re purposing unused food before it becomes waste.On the other side is Consuming Food Where we care about: People making healthy food choices and building healthy eating habits in which we are empowering and incentivising people to change their eating and feeding behavior, Reinforcing positive and nutritious cultural and social practices, Educating around the needs of humans and the value of food, Improving people’s understanding of what is and is not healthy, with this we use big data to create transparent,comprehensive metrics that can be used to define and measure various aspect including health and food waste thus impacting our scale.

Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?

Working on SDG 2,12 & 13 food waste which is a massive problem. Every year, $218 billion is spent on food that is never eaten amounting to 52 million tons sent to landfills annually. Another 10 million tons is discarded or left unharvested on farms.We are providing a disruptive innovation re-purposing food waste into added-value products to recovering nutrients from food that is thrown away towards attainment of diets that are: Healthy nutritionally adequate and safe; fair – affordable and accessible to low income consumers and inclusive of all producers (women, men and youth) who get a fair deal for their labor; green – produced and respectful of biodiversity and ecosystems and diverse – based on existing diversity, adapted for multiple, evolving local circumstances and providing greater resilience.we are using a circular approach and re-using the food that we already have to solve three enormous problems: food waste, food poverty and climate change.We are consistent, predictable, measurable supply of food for our recipients, thereby preventing wasting of any of the food that we rescue.Our marketplace allows from any individual or organisation.

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Thanks for all you do!

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