Nigerian innovator uses app to fight food waste!

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A Nigerian Software engineer, Oscar Ekponimo recently  created a web app that could beat hunger. He reportedly  developed the app to reduce food waste in Nigeria by getting stores to sell their expired or about to expire groceries at a discounted rate to charities, which distributes the food to poor families.

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Tagged ‘Chowberry’, the app  enables charities to buy food approaching the end of their shelf life at a discount rate from stores and donates the food to disadvantaged communities.

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He revealed that his own experiences of growing up without enough to eat inspired him to come up with the technology.

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Here is what he has to say, “There was a phase in the family where my dad was temporally ill and out of work and I remember vividly during that time period the challenge at home was access to wholesome meal or quality meal, we could go a day or two without having a quality meal and this was something that affected me psychologically and also impacted on my academics and I always said sometime in the future I would resolve this problem, I would leverage my abilities and capacities to ensure that others don’t go through what I went through.”

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Ekponimo says Chowberry is helping get perfectly edible food, that would normally end up in landfill, to those who need it most.

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He continues ‘Well we are looking to impact 50,000 to 100,000 households with affordable nutrition by 2018, by the end of 2018, and the long term goal is to have this platform evolve into a big data platform, and our value proposition is simple, simply plug the waste that is going-on on the food value chain and redirect what could have been wasted to those that need it the most.”

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A good example is the   BENEFICIARY OF CHOWBERRY  –   Chizoba Ugwu, a widow in Nigeria, who was struggling to feed her three children. She disclosed that  it was quite difficult for her  to get food to feed  her  family. Chowberry has helped to resolve the hunger problem!

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Owing to this feat, Ekponimo won the 2016 Rolex award for enterprise.

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He’s working to develop his app further to help cut waste in more parts of the country and save retailers money at the same time.

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Well, according to the United Nations, about a third of food produced around the world is never eaten because they get  spoilt after harvest and during transportation, or even  thrown away by shops and consumers.

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