Photo by Yassey Booley (Africa Centre)
Where is the bargain?
With the Nigerian cloud-based app “Chowberry” retailers can not only reduce food waste through better monitoring of products, but the service also ensures that products near expiry are purchased and consumed by those who need them. As 70% of Nigeria’s population live on less than 1.25 US dollars a day, discounted supermarket products that would otherwise be wasted can help families get more food on the table.
Chowberry first collects data from local food suppliers on the shelf-life of their individual products. While helping retailers keep track of these products, Chowberry then streams the data to an online platform where charities and low-income earners can purchase the food at highly discounted rates.
A pilot in 2016 involving 20 retailers provided food for 200 low-income citizens and 150 children in orphanages. Having launched in Lagos and Abuja, Chowberry hopes by working with non-governmental organizations and charities to reach the poorest in rural Nigeria, where up to 80% live below the poverty line.