Four billion dollars of food lost every year in Sub-Saharan Africa

Maize crib used as a sack store for dried grain

Four billion dollars worth of food is wasted in Sub-Saharan Africa every year according to a new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

The wastage, mainly of grain, is largely due to poor storage facilities.

 Jocelyne Sambira reports.

 The wasted grain equates to 20% of Africa's total grain production.

 The food is lost when grains decay or are infested by pests and fungi.

FAO says that the wasted foodstuff could meet the annual food requirements of at least 48 million people.

Food experts are meeting in the region to discuss how to stem the losses in eastern and Sub-Saharan Africa.

 Jocelyne Sambira, United nations.

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