In Nicaragua huge quantities of fresh, nutritious produce goes to waste from food markets every day.
At the same time, low-income families struggle to put food on the table.
They also face risks of serious long-term health problems due to poor nutrition.
Agriculture is the largest sector in Nicaragua’s economy
(World Bank, 2015).
Food produced for domestic production is often processed through local markets.
Rescuing food twice per week, Eat United rescues 25,000+ kgs of food from just one such market in one year.
Now imagine how much there is on a national level!
why does food go to waste in local markets?
Hard to balance seasonal food production with demand
The climate is hot and humid
Conditions for storage and transport of food are basic.
Average household costs are more expensive than the income generated by two people earning the minimum wage.
Poor nutrition is also a problem.
With 42% of the population under 18 (UNICEF 2012), this could spell a future public health crisis.