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Stronger Partnerships to tackle 50% food wastage in Ghana: Danish Ambassador

Stronger Partnerships to tackle 50% food wastage in Ghana: Danish Ambassador

Tom Nørring, the Danish Ambassador to Ghana, is advocating for stronger partnerships between Danish and Ghanaian businesses to address the issue of food wastage in Ghana.

According to Nørring, Ghana loses approximately 50% of its food harvest due to wastage. He believes that this problem can be solved by treating the gaps in the surpluses as investment opportunities along the agricultural value chain.

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During a food security seminar organized by the Danish Embassy in Ghana, Nørring revealed that Ghana loses over $16 million to post-harvest losses for certain food crops.

He explained that a feasibility study commissioned by the Embassy in early 2020 showed that investing in solutions to combat food loss in fruits and vegetables could create interesting business opportunities for farmers, producers, investors, and stakeholders in the value chains.

Nørring is seeking to form partnerships between Danish and Ghanaian businesses and stakeholders to tackle the problem of food loss in a sustainable way that benefits everyone involved.

He pointed out that there is a significant amount of loss and potential revenue in the food value chain. For example, in the area of Ashaiman, post-harvest food loss for mango, yam, plantain, garden eggs, and tomatoes alone is valued at $16 million annually.

By investing in solar-powered cold storage for these value chains, solution providers could generate revenue of over $2 million, while traders could gain additional revenue of over $8 million.

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