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Capricorn offers N$100 000 for food waste solution

Capricorn offers N$100 000 for food waste solution

Staff Reporter

THE Capricorn Foundation officially launched its Food Waste Challenge on Wednesday, inviting the public to submit proposed solutions to reduce food waste in the country and is offering N$100 000 to the winning solution.

“Ultimately, we are seeking solutions that would effectively lead to more food, which would have been wasted otherwise, to reach the vulnerable communities. Through this process, we also hope to increase awareness on the issue of food insecurity and the contribution that food waste is adding to this problem,” Capricorn’s Executive Officer, Marlize Horn, said.

Capricorn said that the goal of the challenge is to ensure food security for the most vulnerable people in the country, thereby improving the quality of life for many Namibians. The group therefore seeks proposals outlining solutions to reduce food waste in the country.

 

PICTURED: The Chief Marketing Officer of Synergi Marketing, Hennie Geldenhuys; the Executive Officer of the Capricorn Foundation, Marlize Horn and Manager of Innovation at Capricorn Group, Rikus Grobler at the press conference in Windhoek. Photo: Capricorn Foundation.

 

The solutions, Capricorn said, must be submitted as a written proposal, which will be evaluated on a theoretical basis. The proposed solution must meet specific requirements and justify its argument with relevant references. Capricorn said that the submission deadline is 12 August and a panel of judges, representing various sectors of the economy, will select the winning solution.

“We are looking for new possibilities that can tip over a pivotal domino on the problem of the food waste chain that can result in exponential benefits. A solution to this problem would not only address the basic need of food security for the most vulnerable people in Namibia, but it can also positively impact our society and improve the quality of life of many Namibians,” Horn said.

 

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