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Improvement of food system by elimination of food wastes. The culture of waste has made us insensitive even to its waste and disposal.

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

Creativity Empowerment Foundation

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Small NGO (under 50 employees)

If part of a multi-stakeholder entity (i.e. team), provide the names of other organizations and types of stakeholders collaborating with you.

wise Choice Multimedia Institute of Ghana LTD

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

  • 3-10 years

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


Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?

Ghana w/A

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

Asante Akyem Central

What country is your selected Place located in?


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.

a farming community 

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

“Once our grandparents were very careful not to throw away any leftover food," the Pope said. "Consumerism has led us to become used to an excess and daily waste of food, to which, at times we are no longer able to give a just value."

This study is concerned with the relation between food wastage reduction and the improvement of food security. By food security we mean that all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.

There have been changes in the food system (changes in production, distribution, consumption and control of food) in such a way that it no longer allows the food system to be perceived as the simple movement of products from the farm to the table. Today, food is produced on a large scale, supplying long, extensive and sophisticated supply chains that mainly supply processed foods to urban consumers.

Strategies to reduce food losses and waste are seen as opportunities to improve the efficiency of the food system and thus achieve sustainable food security. Reduction of food losses and waste can play a substantial role in achieving food security and mitigating climate change. Therefore, the proposal that we will face in the future is the search for an efficient food system that is capable of facing both food security and environmental sustainability issues. In recent years, food waste and food loss (together called food wastage in this study) have become high on the agenda of policy makers, researchers, business and civil society organisations. Many of those actors claim a positive relation between the reduction of food wastage and eliminating hunger and malnutrition. However, what is known on the link between those two factors? As a result, the central question of this inventory study is to what extent interventions to reduce food waste age are effective contributions for food security, in particular for local access in developing regions, but also the food system stability in general?

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

We intend to give a practical answer to the challenges presented above. We propose a new form of organization of the local food system that promotes not only the improvement of the efficiency of the food system and reduces food losses and wastes, but that also socially and economically reintroduce the vulnerable population.

Our proposal seeks to give a new perspective on life to people who are in a situation of social vulnerability.

Entrepreneurship courses combined with cooking workshops for the full use of food will be instruments to promote not only the economic reintegration of these groups, but to restore self-esteem and help to awaken the potential of each one.

The most important step you can take to reduce our nation’s level of food waste is to reduce your own personal food waste.

The workshops on Integral Use of Food will be an important tool in this process. The workshops will also be important for the rescue of traditional family recipes (reinforcing family and cultural ties), in addition to valuing the food culture of those who come from other states in Brazil, promoting exchange and cultural appreciation.

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.

The purpose of this work is to give a new perspective on life to people who are in a situation of social vulnerability. Training courses, entrepreneurship classes, cooking workshops, are instruments to promote not only the economic reintegration of these groups, but also to promote the recovery of self-esteem and the awakening of each person's potential.

The recovery of dignity, both through income generation and through social integration has a high social impact, promoting the formation of united, understood, welcomed and noticed groups, with gains in physical, emotional and psychological health, making them citizens potentialized in their social integration capacities.

We want, by promoting this initiative, to consolidate a local food production and distribution system based on:

-the use of food that would be wasted by the food retailer (supermarkets, markets, industries, bakeries) as the main productive input.

-the economic insertion of people in situations of social susceptibility so that they are able to do business in the culinary area.

In the end, we want to promote a sustainable local food system that promotes the reintegration of fruits and vegetables that would be wasted and also promotes the economic and social reintegration of people in vulnerable situation.

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

Losses and waste of food reduce the availability of food and, therefore, can impair consumer access due to the increase in food prices. They also represent an inefficiency of food systems, with useless consumption of natural, human resources, energy and inputs, unnecessary emission of greenhouse gases and direct generation of organic waste, which could be avoided. ‘Wasting Food Is like Stealing from the Table of the Poor and the Hungry’: Pope Francis denounces 'culture of waste'

The need to improve the efficiency of food systems is justified by the necessary reduction of pressure on natural resources in agricultural production, in view of the limit in the growth of agricultural production income and the finding that around 1.3 billion tons of food are lost or wasted every year in the world.

There are several strategies for reducing food losses and waste in food systems.

Food banks are also an intervention strategy to reinsert food that still has consumption conditions and thus reduce food losses and waste in the food system.

They are structures that capture foodstuffs that have lost their commercial value, but are still in good condition for consumption. Banks seek to reinsert food that would be wasted along the chain in the food system and so promoting food security especially for people in situation of social vulnerability.

In addition to contributing to improving the food security situation by increasing the availability of food to populations in situations of social vulnerability, food banks are indispensable allies in actions to reduce solid waste, especially in relation to the disposal of organic materials, such as food.

This project, however, intends to go further. We intend to transform the reality of a population that lives in an environment of social exclusion through the promotion of a sustainable local food system. And so inspire other neighborhoods and other communities in big cities to adopt creative transformative strategies.

Generating income from food that would be wasted is a way to promote a sustainable food system locally and give vulnerable populations a new economic and social opportunity. We intend to generate a virtuous circle that promotes food security, reduces the environmental impact of the food system and promotes economic to improve lives.

How did you hear about the Food System Vision Prize?

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