[LISTEN] South Africans waste 10 million tons of food every year

If you’re heading to the mall or preparing to do some festive shopping, you will properly come across a person begging for food or money. The reality is that thousands of South Africans go hungry, yet we’re a nation that wastes up to ten million tons of food every year.

Founder of Agricolleges International Howard Blight argues that what’s happening in South Africa doesn’t make sense. He says that if you look at the world map on sustainable food production opportunity, South Africa rates well on that international platform.

We have a number of factors which lead us towards so many people not going without sufficient nutrition everyone.

Howard Blight, Founder of Agricolleges International

Blight says that a high unemployment rate is a factor to consider. He adds that 50% of our community is urban based as people migrated from the rural environment to informal settlements.

We need to establish an African interpretation of urban agriculture says Blight.

In places like China, Europe and the United States, you’ve got these high rise buildings with flat areas on top of each building where people are growing things

Howard Blight, Founder of Agricolleges International

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