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Nigeria Makes This Touching Gesture To Help Alleviate Malawi’s Devastation From Cyclone Idai

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Nigeria is popular as the giant of Africa for the ‘big brother’ role the country play. The federal government of Nigeria on Monday 13th of May 2019 extended a brotherly hand to the government of Malawi by donating 30,000 tonnes of drugs, medical equipment, insecticide-treated nets as well as $500,000 cash. This was Nigeria’s way of sympathizing with the country which was recently hit by Cyclone Idai.

Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, the Minister of Foreign Affairs led the Nigerian Government delegation that delivered the relief materials to Mr. Nicholas Dausi, the Malawi Minister of Homeland Security and Disaster Management Affairs. Speaking during the presentation, Onyeama said a misfortune to any African nation affects Nigeria.

“We share this burden and the loss with you in this country. When the hurricane happened, Nigeria was conducting the election. [However], President Buhari instructed us that as quickly as possible we had to mobilize resources to bring to this country. We mobilized over 8,000 medical items, equipment to assist and also cash donation of 500,000 U.S dollars.

Delivery of Nigeria’s donations will take a while

Onyeama further extended President Muhammadu Buhari’s condolence to the people of Malawi. Cyclone Idai led to the death of many with an estimated 86,000 displaced from their homes. Apparently, 30,000 tonnes of items is a lot. However, according to Onyeama, it will take Nigeria a maximum of two weeks to deliver all the items.

“The amount is huge, 30,000 tonnes of items, which will be transported to Malawi in the next one or two weeks maximum. Some of our big transporters C130 will deliver the equipment may be in two trips but we sent some of the equipment with a small plane, for this occasion. Please, accept our deepest sympathy and the statistics are very disturbing…with some deaths and injuries.”

Malawi’s benefits beyond the material donation

Mr. Dausi thanked the government of Nigeria for assistance. According to him, the materials will go a long way to help the victims. Consequently, Mr. Dausi also said there were 67 camps housing the victims of the disaster.

“On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Malawi and the people… across 67 camps in the disaster and over 886,000 people affected, I want to sincerely express our deep thanks for your thoughtfulness.”

However, this is not the first time Nigeria will be assisting Malawi. According to the minister, Malawi has benefited from Nigeria in education as well as human support during the struggle to end apartheid. Consequently, the Malawian Minister congratulated President Buhari for his reelection. This is a gesture worth emulating by other African nations.

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Seychelles Food Waste Reduction Program Saves 440lbs Of Food

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Don’t Waste, Eat! program on Sunday 12th of May shared 200 kg of food to 35 families in Seychelles’ Roche Caiman in eastern Mahe district. Fruits, vegetables, and pastries are some of the foods shared to the families. However, the items were donations from SPAR supermarket and hotels that are members of the Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association. This includes Kempinski Seychelles Resort, H Resort, Bravo Restaurant, Constance Ephelia, and Alphonse Island Lodge. Commenting on the donated items, Rosetta Alcindor, the Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Foundation Project Officer, said

“Though a lot of the products are buffet leftovers or had reached their best before date, they are still good for consumption. There is more to a food donation than what we usually think. We [Don’t Waste, Eat!] are not only providing food for the community and diverting good food from the landfill, but we are also putting smiles on families’ faces.”

Origin of Don’t Waste, Eat! program

Don’t Waste, Eat! is a partnership between the Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Foundation (SSTF) and Betterfly Tourism. Betterfly Tourism is a software publisher for tourism professionals. In 2018, there were over 350,000 tourist visits to Seychelles. However, this also led to a rise in food waste. This annual food wastes from hotels amounting to 2,655 tons end up in the landfill. Consequently, the Don’t Waste, Eat! was launched in July 2018.

The Don’t Waste, Eat! food waste reduction program is an attempt to cut down food waste. This program is particularly important because Seychelles depends heavily on the import of food products. Also, SSTF is using the program to create synergy between the tourism industry and local food production stakeholders as well as other relevant organizations.

How to become part of the program

Hotels can become a part of Don’t Waste, Eat! program through an annual subscription. Consequently, there will be a 2-day audit and staff training. Subsequently, the hotels will have access to Betterfly software, EDGAR, to track their food waste performance. Research by Sustainability for Seychelles (S4S) shows that 48% of waste that goes to landfill in the western Indian Ocean are organic. Hence the need to have policies that would give liability protection for food donation. According to Alcindor,

“As the food is donated, it reduces the demand for importation of food products on the market. Families now consume what they were donated, hence avoiding CO2 emissions along the supply chain.”

In a bid to increase interest in food donations, the SSTF is also seeking policy developments. These policies will include monitoring of food donations, create food safety guidance for food donation as well as create tax incentives for organizations willing to donate. This will encourage donors and organizations to donate for the wellbeing of the planet and the community.

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