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South Africa wastes 10m tonnes of food annually


A 2017 report by the World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA) – Food Loss and Waste: Facts and Futures – found that South Africans waste a third of all food in the country.

Quantified, this equals 10 million tonnes of food annually – a third of the 31 million tonnes of food produced in South Africa every year. Of the wasted foods, 44% comprise fruits and vegetables, 26% are grains, 15% are meats, and the other 13% is made up of roots, tubers and oilseeds.

A large proportion of this food wastage occurs both at production and retail levels.
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