New Delhi: Minister of State for Agriculture Shobha Karandlaje on Monday (October 30), pitched for using technologies of developed and developing nations to address the problem of global food wastage estimated at 3 billion tonnes. Addressing the international workshop on food loss and waste prevention in the South Asian region, the minister said social organizations need to play a vital role in spreading awareness among various stakeholders and also should practice the methods to minimise food wastage.
She said, South Asia is a major producer and consumer of food and it is both moral responsibility and economic necessity to reduce the food loss and wastage, according to an official statement.
Food wastage is not only a direct loss to the consumers but also has bearings on the environment and supporting economies, she added.
Minister Karandlaji called for identifying the primary reasons of food loss and waste; focus on education and awareness among all the stakeholders; efficient harvest and storage; smart distribution; industry involvement; donation and food banks; innovation in food packaging, etc.
Germany-based Thunen Institute Research Director Stefan Lange said mitigating and preventing food loss and food waste is the biggest and most effective lever to ensure that food reaches the needy.
She further informed that a “collaboration initiative on food losses and food wastes” has been functioning to promote the global exchange of research results and practical experience in fighting food losses and waste. She added,
The government of India can play a vital role in influencing all neighbouring countries in initiating individual as well as collaborative efforts to curb food loss and waste.
Clementine O’Connor of the United Nations Environment Programme, pointed out that pandemic, climate change and wars also have serious bearing on food loss and wastage.
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