The Challenge

Food Waste: 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted per year, amounting to 1 trillion dollars lost. Armenia is no exception. Each food business in Armenia loses up to AMD 1 million per month in wasted food, culminating in 17 million tons of food waste annually (30% of all waste in Armenia). Food waste is also incredibly harmful for the environment. The land used to grow food ultimately not eaten is larger than China, which means a huge portion of land is unnecessarily deforested, species and populations moved, and soil degraded. Moreover, when food waste decomposes in a landfill, it produces methane which is 23 times deadlier than carbon dioxide. With 800 million people worldwide without access to adequate food, it becomes clear the problem is not in a scarcity of resources but poor food waste management.