Food waste: Tomato chocolates: a talking point for hunger

A chocolate made with dried tomatoes from Nigeria was handed out at the 2017 World Economic Forum to raise awareness of hunger and encourage people to think about ways to use ‘wasted’ food and generate additional revenue streams for young farmers. The truffle created by the Roca Brothers, three Spanish chefs, was named after the Nigerian region of Kaduna. According to the UN, up to 75% of the 1.5 million t of tomatoes harvested each year in Nigeria do not make it to market. The chefs, who are also UN goodwill ambassadors, have been exploring food preservation techniques: “The food industry should not be a threat to sustainability, but a source of sustainable development,” the brothers explained in an interview with the UN Development Programme.

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.