Thursday January 31, 2019 By: Kismat Mokhtar
At dinner tables around the world, whining children often hear from their mothers about the starving children in Africa who wish for the food they refuse to eat. It became a universal cliché. But while it singles out Africa, there are actually starving people all over the world. In fact, out of the world population, which is approaching 7 billion people, an estimated 870 million suffer each day from hunger, according to the World Food Program. What is more traumatic is that in many places, Egypt included, huge amounts of food are wasted.
Just watch an affluent wedding buffet in a five-star hotel. The amount of food thrown out after being served on the dinner tables is staggering. This wasted food by the haves can easily help provide enough meals to the have nots, if managed properly. That’s the essence of Menna Shahin’s new project, Tekeya.
Brainchild of Shahin, Tekeya is a mobile app that creates an online platform that facilitates the process of distributing surplus food from providers and making it easily accessible to consumers. As a first stage, food providers will include grocery stores and restaurants in Cairo and Giza. “Egypt is one of the biggest food wasters in the world, representing 73kg of food wasted per person every year. Not only does the waste of food create a burden on the environment through CO2 emissions, but equally it leaves providers with excess food, a loss of potential income and consumers without meals they could afford,” explained Shahin in a press release from the UAE where she lives.
Through the app, food providers will upload information about their excess food products to sell at a reduced price. It will also help consumers across various layers of the society to enjoy a meal for a reasonable price, whilst fighting the waste of food and protecting the environment. Charitable organizations will also benefit from the app, which will give the opportunity for food providers to donate food, at no cost, to charitable organizations.
Tekeya’s vision is to become a world leading platform that brings together all stakeholders involved across the Food Value Chain, from Public Institutions, NGO’s, Charity Organisations to Privately held Businesses, towards a more sustainable society.
Menna Shahin is a pharmacist and an entrepreneur. She works for a multi-national pharmaceutical company in the UAE. She is also the founder of She Travels, an initiative that empowers women through traveling
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