Kenya exports about 350,000 tons of fruit and vegetable yearly which makes it to one of the top exporter countries worldwide. What is not counted in that figure is the fruit and vegetable that were grown for export but were actually never exported but wasted.
Due to various reasons, e.g. cosmetic standards of importers and supermarkets in Europe or last minute cancellations, thousands of tons of produce perfectly fit to eat but a bit "ugly" never make it on a consumers table. While the local markets mostly can't absorb the amount of fruit and veg sorted out and some varieties grown for export don't meet the local taste those 'uglies' end up as compost, animal fodder or in landfills while having been grown for human consumption.
Disco Supu Nairobi cooks with those fruit and vegetable in open community events. While cooking and listening to music, visitors join in the activity, learn, dance and develop ideas on how to tackle this structural food waste problem.
The problem of thousands of tons of fruit and vegetable rejected and sorted out connects closely to the European reality and is a structural challenge. While Disco Soup Nairobi creates a forum and platform to discuss, we are aiming to find partners, e.g. soup kitchen, restaurants, caterers or schools to find sustainable channels for the now 'unwanted' food.