Rome — Urgent collaboration along the entire food chain is needed if the world is to address the problem of food waste and losses, a high-level seminar heard in Rome today.
Everyone has a critical role to play in preventing wastage, from farmers to processors, transporters, retailers and consumers, according to the seminar on combating global food wastage, which was organized by the Italian government on the occasion of World Food Day.
According to a FAO report released last month, 1.3 billion tonnes of food are wasted each year, using up 250 km3 of water and 1.4 billion hectares of land, and adding 3.3 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases to the earth’s atmosphere.
Emma Bonino, Italy’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, said that while some 840 million people went hungry, food waste was one of the great paradoxes of our times. The squandering of resources required to produce food that was not consumed, and then to dispose of it, was unacceptable, she said.
Some 54 percent of the world’s food wastage occurs during production, post-harvest handling and storage, while 46 percent occurs at the processing, distribution and consumption stages.
Improving technology at the start of the food chain, such as providing farmers with better means of storing crops, is …
Source: AllAfrica News: Africa