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40% of food wasted globally is in Pakistan
June 18, 2017
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ISLAMABAD: Food waste produced globally each year is more than enough to feed the nearly 1 billion hungry people in the world. It is estimated that 40 per cent of food is wasted in Pakistan.

The issue was discussed at the launching ceremony of a new campaign aimed at raising awareness against food wastage by Oxfam in Pakistan, in partnership with Indus Consortium.

The campaign was held at the Pir Mehr Ali Shah University of Arid Agriculture, Rawalpindi where speakers discussed the issue of food wastage.

Every year, a dramatic increase in food waste is witnessed in Muslim countries during Ramadan because of lavish buffets, excessive grocery shopping and cooking large quantities of food.

The #SaveFoodFightHunger campaign aims to address the national problem through raising awareness, providing food saving tips, practicing moderation, encouraging residents, restaurants and hotels to prepare limited amounts of food and giving edible food to the needy through food drives and charities.

In Pakistan enough food is produced to feed the entire population but because of food waste an estimated 6 out of 10 people go to bed hungry. On the Global Hunger Index out of 118 developing countries, Pakistan is ranked at 107.

Addressing the audience on the topic of food security the Shaikh Aftab Ahmed, Federal Minster for Parliamentary Affairs, who was chief guest on the occasion said, the Government of Pakistan is giving attention to food security of the most marginalised segments of society.

“This is one of the priority areas which the federal government has taken into account, however, the citizens, civil society and private sector should also play their part to make it possible.”

He added that food wastage is a national issue; and in our personal capacity we should save food which is being wasted on a daily basis.

Oxfam’s Programme Director Javeria Afzal encouraged the students of Arid Agriculture University to join in the efforts to reduce food waste and discussed the need to develop better food habits and respect for the food production cycle.

Afzal said the problem of food wastage lies in socio-cultural sensitisation and behavioural change. “While many food products are biodegradable, their non-consumption means the resources such as energy, water and materials used in their cultivation and production are wasted.”

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