For a long time, Africa has often been characterized by perennial hunger and drought. Every year, thousands of people across the continent die of hunger and malnutrition. It’s a problem that not even the best African minds seem to have a lasting solution to. But for Oscar Ekponimo, a young Nigerian software engineer, the problem can partly be solved by ensuring no food goes to waste.
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That’s why he has developed a mobile app called Chowberry to help feed poor Nigerians. With the app, low-income earners and non-governmental organizations can connect to supermarkets and food joints for information on food discounts. Supermarkets also use the app to alert their customers whenever they have discounts on food that’s about to expire.
The app’s three-month pilot program involving 20 local retailers served at least 300 people in Lagos and Abuja, providing food to 150 orphans and vulnerable children.