Missing Food


A data-driven and cross-border investigation about the food loss in Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • €20,000 Budget in Euros
  • 2017 Final release date
  • 8 Round winner
  • 3 Locations
  • 4 Durations in months

Each year, around a 20% of the grain in Sub-Saharan Africa is lost due to a lack of infrastructure and coordination to distribute the harvest, according to FAO. Certain academic papers suggest that the value of this loss equates the annual value of cereal imports.

The aim of this project is to carry on a data-driven and cross-border investigation about the post-harvest loss in Sub-Saharan Africa. The methodical base of this project is the construction of datasets to analyse production, food export and import by country, amount of food loss, and foreign and domestic investment to solve this problem. From the data analysis to the traditional on-the-ground reporting, we will cover stories in Nigeria, Malawi and Mozambique, three countries that are among the most affected by the lack of food safety.

We will also talk to the main actors of the international scenario involved in understanding the magnitude of the post harvest food loss and alleviating the consequences of hunger and malnutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The final product will be delivered in october 2017 and it will include reports, data repository and visualizations, social media videos and a gamification of the stories.

*A local woman with a small child passing through the green field | Getty Images

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