Better roads and more fridges are the answer to food waste and hunger

In less developed nations where one in ten people still go to bed hungry, food waste doesn’t happen so much in the kitchen. Instead, in Africa, more than three-quarters of the waste occurs in inefficient agriculture and infrastructure or inadequate storage. Finding solutions to these issues—anything from curing roots and tubers to refrigeration—will result in a dramatic reduction of hunger. Improving road and rail capacity to enable farmers to reach buyers, and supplying reliable electricity to ensure refrigeration may not sound like the most appealing goals of NGOs but the benefits will be unquestionable. Economists estimate the costs of halving post-harvest losses in the developing world at $239 billion, resulting in benefits worth $3 trillion—and a significant reduction of hunger in the world.

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Better roads and more fridges are the answer to food waste and hunger

In less developed nations where one in ten people still go to bed hungry, food waste doesn’t happen so much in the kitchen. Instead, in Africa, more than three-quarters of the waste occurs in inefficient agriculture and infrastructure or inadequate storage. Finding solutions to these issues—anything from curing roots and tubers to refrigeration—will result in a dramatic reduction of hunger. Improving road and rail capacity to enable farmers to reach buyers, and supplying reliable electricity to ensure refrigeration may not sound like the most appealing goals of NGOs but the benefits will be unquestionable. Economists estimate the costs of halving post-harvest losses in the developing world at $239 billion, resulting in benefits worth $3 trillion—and a significant reduction of hunger in the world.

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