Despite the immense food volumes produced amidst the growing population pressure, Uganda is still grappling with off-farm food post-harvest losses(40%), household food insecurity, malnutrition and poor food waste management mostly in Urban-Uganda. This entwined problem is partly due to: (i) the inefficient food marketing and distribution chain from urban-markets to households hence leading to produce delays, exacerbated PHLs at the market and limitedurban-rural development (ii) consumer ignorance on healthy and nutritious food requirements, the recommended food volumes and sustainable food waste management hence exacerbating malnutrition, food waste and their related challenges. Therefore, Soko-Foodsbuilds a sustainable fooddistributionsystem byencompassingon-ground post-harvest handling for farmers or urban marketsthrough capacity development trainings, technology and knowledge disseminationat the market and a mobile-phone system (Soko-Foods App)for the urban population. The App uses the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) toallow:(i) fresh food orders and deliveryat real time, (ii) access to an inbuilt nutritional health program for household nutrition needsand tracking based on user information and past feeding habits, (iii) a food waste management program that sensitives and linksthe Soko-Foods Appusers (households, markets, hotels, schools etc) to food waste collectors,who are tasked toprocess it intoresources such as organicfertilisers back into the garden for agricultural production.
With our solution, farmers or markets in urban areas will have: (i) increased demand for their produce hence reducing produce delays in the market, (ii) increased access topost-harvesthandling and food safety knowledge and technologies while reducing food poisoning and over 40% of market based PHLs (iii) increased income earnings at the market level hence achieving socio-economic progress. Furthermore, the consumers or users of Soko platform will have: (i) easy access to fresh and quality foods delivered from the market, (ii) save time for other productive activities, (iii) save credit in form of food to secure future food needs, (iv) health wise boost their nutritional health and savings from health and (v) earn extra incomes from selling household food waste as an organic raw material to food waste processors. Environmentally, the soils will benefit from organic fertilizers or compost derived from food waste hence saving the environment from food waste induced methane emissions while promoting agricultural production and a sustainable food system.