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Eliminating pastharvest losses could effectively increase fofood system efefficiency

Improvement of food system by elimination of food wastes

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

small NGO

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.

Envirosoft organo avied (Nigeria) company

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

  • Just beginning now

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?


What country is your selected Place located in?


Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

I'm a citizen 

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.

 region was home to the Kanem-Bornu Empire forcenturies. Maiduguri actually consists of two cities:Yerwa to the West and Old Maiduguri to the east.Yerwa was founded in 1907 by Abubakar Garbai ofBorno as the capital of the Bornu Kingdom.[3] Thelocation had before that been a small village known asKalwa. This involved the transfer of the capital of theKanuri people from Kukawa.Old Maiduguri was selected by the British as theirmilitary headquarters in 1908 replacing Mafoni.[2] Inthat same year it became the location for the Britishresident commissioner over British Bornu.In 1957 Yerwa became the designated name for theurban center while Maiduguri was officially applied asthe name of the surrounding rural area.In 1964 the railway was extended here which lead toits rise as a major commercial center in the region.The city was once known as a "hub of Islamicscholarship in West Africa that ... [taught] toleranceand hospitality like its welcoming neem trees."[4]Maiduguri is one of the sixteen LGAs that constitutethe Borno Emirate, a traditional state located in BornoState, Nigeria

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.

This study is concerned with the relation between foodwastage reduction and the improvement of foodsecurity.By food security we mean that all people, at all times,have physical and economic access to sufficient, safeandnutritious food that meets their dietary needs and foodpreferences for an active and healthy life. This foodsecurity has a global and long term element to it (9billion people to feed in 2050) and can be targeted atnational,local and even individual level.In recent years, food waste and food loss (togethercalled food wastage in this study) have become highon theagenda of policy makers, researchers, business andcivil society organisations. Many of those actors claimapositive relation between the reduction of foodwastage and eliminating hunger and malnutrition.However, whatis known on the link between those two factors?As a result, the central question of this inventory studyis to what extent interventions to reduce food wastageareeffective contributions for food security, in particularfor local access in developing regions, but also thefoodsystem stability in general?To investigate this, an overview of international actorsworking in the field of wastage has been made, with aEuropean/Dutch focus. Their activities and motivationsand their assumptions on the relation betweenreducingfood wastage and increasing food security have beenmapped. Following this, a synthesis of insights on thisrelation from scientific and grey literature was made.Finally, conclusions were drawn upA first, large groupof active global, European and Dutch actors makeimplicit statements on the relation betweenfood wastage in Western and low- and middle-incomecountries and food security, suggesting a link, butwithout

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

1. Prevent and Reduce Food Waste in Your Own LifeThe most important step you can take to reduce ournation’s level of food waste is to reduce your ownpersonal food waste. To get started, try keeping a foodwaste journal. One easy way to get started is bytaking our I Value Food: Too Good to Waste challenge.In this 6-week program, you’ll keep track of how muchfood you throw away and why. This helps youdetermine both what you’re wasting and what you cando about it. Solutions range from planning meals aheadof time to creating new cooking and food storagehabits to technology solutions, such as food-sharingapps.TAKE THE CHALLENGE: Learn easy ways to wasteless food and save money2. Volunteer with Local Food Rescue OrganizationsHundreds of organizations across the country areactively working to rescue and redistribute safe, ediblefood to those in need. Many of these organizationsrely heavily on volunteer support. If you can spare thetime, volunteering is a great way to have an impact onthe specific food waste challenges in your area. Youcan find local food donation, food rescue or foodgleaning operations through our Food Rescue Locatoror check out these great4. Start a Food Waste Campaign in Your CommunityConsider bringing the “I Value Food” message tocommunity groups you’re involved with, like yourworkplace, church or children’s school. Start by askingthem to share information about the food waste issuein an upcoming newsletter. Then look for ways you canhelp them prevent and reduce waste, like donatingextra food from cafeterias or meetings to shelters orstarting a composting program. If you already have a“green team” or employee engagement program,consider adding food waste to your group’s actionitems and taking a food waste challenge together.5. Support Businesses with Good Food WastePracticesThere are a lot of restaurants and grocery storesmaking strides in sustainability. Get to know whichones in your area are working to prevent food waste.Ask businesses if they donate excess food to feed thehungry or if they compost their kitchen scraps. Dothey try to incorporate nose-to-tail food usephilosophies? If so, let them know you appreciate theirwork. Some might be surprised by your questions, butraising the issue raises awareness and starts theconversation. Search for “sustainable,” “slow food,”“zero-waste” and “green” restaurants to findbusinesses in your area.

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.

While the health impacts have been dire, the biotechrevolutionhas had a very positive impact on global environmentalissues.Biofuels provide a source of cheap, clean andrenewable energywhich has replaced the former reliance on fossil fuels.Similarly,fossil fuel-based plastics, which were a major wasteissue, havebeen replaced with biodegradable bioplastics. Thefacilitieswhich produce these products also remove and useCO2 fromthe atmosphere. The conversion of agricultural landfrom foodto biomass production has additionally resulted in a netCO2absorption, along with a reduction in soil degradationand the useof toxic pesticides and fertilizers. The dramatic declinein livestocknumbers has meant that there is also far less methanecomingfrom ruminants. Finally, with less land total needed foragriculturemore has been returned to conservation andreforestation.Opportunities in this scenario:• Cheap and abundant food eliminates poverty as adriverof hunger.• Low-income countries diversify their economies andenddependence on food imports.• Reduction in greenhouse gases, pollution and habitatloss.Threats in this scenario:• Over 2.5 billion people lose their livelihoods.• Economic inequalities could worsen if economicdiversification does not occur, increasing the poorpopulation’s dependence on food assistance.• Massive rural-to-urban migration, expansion of slumsandchallenges for basic service provision.• Global increase in obesity and related health issues.Indicators of this trend becoming reality:• Biotech food products exist and are already enteringthemarket in limited quantities of high-value items.• Biotechnology is rapidly advancing and costs aredecreasing exponentially.

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


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Hi Muhammed

Eliminating food wastage sure sounds good as one third of all food produced goes to waste.

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