Training farmers in developing countries to better manage crops and
obtain higher yields seems like a noble achievement, but sometimes this
can backfire. Increased yields of bananas in Uganda led to
overproduction and steep declines in their price at the market. Often
times it could be more costly for farmers to send bananas to the market
than what they would get for them. This led to a significant increase
in food waste where bananas were fed to livestock or left in the field
to rot. To combat this, a group of farmers began producing banana wine,
which not only prevents the food waste and has a much longer shelf life,
but also increases revenues for the farmers. A banana bunch that may be
worth $10 at the market would be worth a net equivalent of $200 as wine.
This story goes to show that ingenuity is helping to fight food waste
in every corner of the globe.
Have a great weekend,
Ugandan Farmers Create Novel Products from Food That Might Otherwise Go
June 3, 2016