Up to 40% of ALL food grown on the African continent ends up in rubbish dumps!!!!
Of this, fruits and vegetables account for up to 70% of the wastage and loss, which happens primarily because of the lack of refrigeration and infrastructure .
In stark contrast, 20 % of Africa’s population is starving and in desperate need of food. If we could extend the life span of the 40% of food that goes to waste, we could essential eliminate most (if not all) of the starvation happening on the African continent!!!
This level of food waste is completely unnecessary, and the resulting high level of starving people impacts and reverberates throughout the Africa continent. Starvation results in huge challenges, like reduction of growth and employment potential. Reducing food waste could prove to be fundamental in assisting with creating a content where people are focused on growing their communities and economy and not focused on finding their next meal!
Because fruits and vegetables make up the highest percentage of food waste, wasted food also means wasted nutrients. Wasted nutrients is something which a starving continent is in desperate need of, the nutrients found in fruit and vegetables are essential. By reducing the wastage of food on the continent and thereby reducing and preventing malnutrition in our communities. The youth of Africa which forms the backbone of the continent is often the group most affected by the lack of nutritional food available
What can we do to combat this issue?
Zhauns offers a range of fruit and vegetable processing machines that can be used to turn fruits and vegetables that would otherwise go to waste into products with a longer shelf life and that can be stored more efficiently.
The Fruit and Vegetable Dryer dries fruits and vegetables into snack-ready fruit and vegetable chips. The Fruit & Vegetable Juicer can take the slightly less attractive fruits and vegetables that might otherwise not make it onto supermarket shelves and turn them into delicious, nutrient-dense juices. When used in conjunction with the Sachet Machine, these liquids can even be turned into on-the-go treats that can be stored much more easily and efficiently.
We are aware of the importance of uplifting local communities and providing opportunities for entrepreneurship which in turn leads to job creation. Let us use that knowledge and go one step further by tackling the problem of food waste in South Africa at the same time.