Food for All Ghana Campaign

Food for All Ghana Campaign: Recovering food that would have gone wasted to feed the vulnerable in society

Accra, GhanaAccra, Ghana
Year Founded:
2015
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Food for All Ghana is a group that recovers food that would have gone wasted along our food supply chain. Food for All Ghana’s goal is to alleviate hunger in Ghana by soliciting, collecting, growing, and packaging food to feed the vulnerable in society.Our vision is to build food banks in Africa.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if we create sustainable means of nutrition for the hungry in Africa by recovering food that goes waste along our food supply chain to feed them?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Over 35% of food in Ghana today goes uneaten.This means that Ghanaians are throwing out the equivalent of USD 8.9billion each year, but also the uneaten food ends up rotting in landfills.Meanwhile over 30% of Ghanaians can’t afford decent and healthy food in a day. Food wastage has negative economic, environmental and humanitarian implications. Food wastage occurs across all segments of our food supply chain.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Food recovery as a solution to food wastage and hunger in Ghana.Building West Africa's first food bank in Ghana will enable us to recover over 70% of food going waste along our food supply chain to feed 4 million vulnerable including children,aged,street kids and mentally challenged in Ghana.Mitigating food loss and waste can make an enormous contribution to food security. Though rates of global hunger are shrinking, with a growing population and changing demographics there is tremendous pressure on our food system. Through our food recovery initiative we could respond to emergency food crisis withing the continent without waiting for donor funding or other regional bodies to rescue with food.

Awards

Dubai International Award for Best Practices Globally.Cycle 2014
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Since the launch of the the Food for all Ghana campaign in August 2015,we have recovered over 5000 kg of food from our food supply chain to feed the vulnerable in our society.Under our Share your breakfast community feeding train we have recovered food to feed 12,000 vulnerable and encouraged volunteering among 200 Ghanaian youth.We normally recover food from stakeholders and then use it to feed our targets. http://newsghana.com.gh/food-for-all-shares-breakfast-with-accra-psychiatric-hospital/

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

We have become the alternative source of food for over 20 children's homes,psychatric hospitals,aged and vulnerable facilities in our society and we built the first food bank in West Africa and look to expand nationwide and build food banks across Africa create sustainable means of nutrition for the vulnerable whiles reducing food waste and hunger.Through the Chefs for Change Ghana foundation for the past three years we fed 55,000 vulnerable in our society through our food intervention programs and under the Food for all Ghana campaign project we are feeding 200-340 vulnerable on weekly basis

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

To scale up and build more food banks both in Ghana and the sub region we intend starting an annual West Africa food for All conference that will bring stakeholders within our food supply chain right from production to consumption,together to work in partnership towards reducing food wastage and encourage them to donate their nearly expired/wasted food products to feed the vulnerable.We are in negotiations with our country's food and drugs authority to work together in encouraging corporate bodies to donate their food products to save them wastage cost that they pay to the FDA.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

To achieve financial sustainability we have to diversify the sources of income by charging a 10% fee for every food recovered from all corporate partners since they would have paid to the food and drugs authority to destroy they food products when it is expired.We are also going into youth farming where produce will be sold to raise income as well as offering catering services at discounted rates using recovered food products.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

World Food Program and the Food and Agricultural Organization. World Food Program operates by soliciting for donor funding to buy food to feed the vulnerable whiles the FAO works together with our government to improve agriculture and food security.We however operate by recovering the food going waste along our food supply chain to feed the vulnerable in our society.
Team

Founding Story

In the year 2012,I was working as a Chef in a hotel within Accra.Going to work one day,I met a mentally challenged man who was distributing polythene bags contiaining food to his colleague mentally challenged on the streets of Accra.I became curious and so one day followed the mad man till I realized every morning this mad man picks bags from the floor and gives it to food vendors on our streets so when people buy food and eat and there are leftover's they put it into the bags and he later in the day picks them up and use it to feed his colleagues and this how they were surviving on the streets.After this encounter I vowed to work towards reducing food wastage and hunger in my world.

Team

Elijah Amoo Addo Chef/Food stylist and social entrepreneur Founder/Executive Director of the project. Certificate in Strategic Leadership and Entrepreneurship YALI West Africa RLC Henrietta Adjetey Journalist/Graphic Designer/Event Manager National Co-ordinator/Vice President of the project Bsc in Journalism Ghana Institute of Journalism Dorcas Konney Corporate Affairs Manager of the project Degree in Project management Central University,Ghana Nana Yaw Asare National Co-ordinator of Volunteers Network. Certificate in Project management Anette Mawuli Executive Secretary Bsc Chemistry Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
Background
Please confirm how you heard about the Unilever Awards:

Facebook

Please confirm your role in the initiative (eg Founder/co-Founder) and your organisational title:

Founder/Executive Director

Which of the 8 UN Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals) pre-selected for this competition does your solution relate most closely to? [select all that apply]

Zero Hunger, Responsible Consumption and Production.

Leadership and the Unilever Awards
Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.

Future Leaders Society
Chefs for Change Ghana Foundation
Eliwils Catering services
Worked as the General Secretary of the Ghana chefs Association and was part of the first cohort of the President Obama Young African Leadership Initiative regional learning centre in West Africa.I studied Entrepreneurship and management.
Successfully opened and worked as headchef of two restaurants in Ghana and do foodstyling for most corporate bodies in Ghana

Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?

We have a team of 5 part time graduates who work with us and a volunteer base of 160 youth who work with us during programs.We also get technical training from SAVE Food(http://www.fao.org/save-food/partners/en/),FeedBack, TULOF,Food and Drugs Authority Ghana,Social Welfare Department,Women in Agriculture,Farmer groups.
https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/partnerships/goal2

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