Food Wastage
Food Security in South Africa

© Jean Tresfon
A coastal dump site.
There are people going hungry all around us. We see them on city streets and rummaging through garbage in suburban neighbourhoods. One may assume there simply isn’t enough food to go around, but this is not necessarily the case. Food wastage on agricultural, retail and consumer levels is extremely high.

Looking at food wastage on a global scale, SouthAfrica.co.za details the numbers, South African context and lives of the poorest of society.

One's Waste, Another's Prize

Presiding over all this is a sign announcing the types of waste that can be offloaded here: general; industrial; garden; builders; ash; animal carcasses; condemned items; and recyclable materials....more

Report on Food Waste

Since a third of all food produced for human consumption is lost at some point between the field and the fork, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report on food waste recommends a few solutions...more

Retailers Donating Leftover Food

The volunteers’ shirts ululate with the establishment’s name ‘Restorative Care Point’. ‘Let the children grow!’ the payoff line proclaims. Sometimes there is an apple or orange to go with the bread, other times they will get a cooked meal...more

The Problem of Food Wastage

Around the world, one third of all food that is produced for human consumption gets wasted at some point between the harvesting machine and the dinner plate. One third. And this in a world where over a billion people are going hungry....more