A cut and dried solution for food insecurity

A cut and dried solution for food insecurity

- South Africa

Turning leftover produce into a healthy food choice

Seeing Opportunity

Ongoing dry spells have caused a steady decline in food production in South Africa and the future of crop yields for this country remains uncertain. The country’s looming food crisis is requiring new and creative ways to generate adequate supplies to meet growing demands. To address this pressing issue of food insecurity, the University of Pretoria Enactus team devised an initiative that reprocesses and packages leftover produce as a means to provide economically feasible and nutritious food.

Taking Action

When the team discovered a local market typically disposed of two tons of their surplus produce per month, they approached the market about donating these leftovers to reprocess. (All of the surplus food is still of the highest quality and thoroughly inspected to make certain that it is safe to eat.) The team developed a plan to dehydrate and packaged this food. The team then entered into a pilot contract with a local school to allow students to purchase this healthy food option with the sales used for school supplies. The team also persuaded the school to use these profits to develop an on-site vegetable garden to have produce for the students and to sell at a profit.

Enabling Progress

The “Paradise Fruits and Vegetables” project has impacted more than 2,200 people, including a previously unemployed individual who transports the products. In addition, the school is now fully managing its own profitable vegetable business and this model is now being used at other disadvantaged schools. This effort is effectively combating food insecurity and ensuring that tons of food that would otherwise be discarded is available for consumption.

Project Facts

A community plagued by food insecurity

A market with tons of leftover produce

1 dried fruit and vegetable solution

  • Emile

    hello i am interested in knowing more about your organisation . i am an graduate student at university of limpopo under school of agriculture. my email is :vuako1987@webmail.co.za

    • Roberta Bubla

      Hello Emile, did Enactus get back to you? I am a student at the University of Vienna, doing a Bachelor in agriculture. I am interested to know if there are any projects focusing on ´profitable vegetable businesses´ at schools happening at the moment? my email is bertabubla@hotmail.com

    • TSHOHLEDI WILSON RAMOTEBELE

      Hi Emile. there is an Enactus team in University of Limpopo. ask at the University reception.

  • Motsope Motaung

    Hi i am based in Kimberley Nothern Cape South, assisting members of poor communities in establishing cooperatives in the form of Community Bakeries, How can enactus assistt me,I have already assisted 5 cooperatives from forming the coop to sourcing funding all the Bakeries are Containerised(cargo shipping containers)

    • Liso Siseko

      Hello Motsepe its been over a year but please email enactus ufs in Bloem your contact details. ufsenactus@gmail.com