Photo by Yassey Booley (Africa Centre)
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.