Tradeoffs with food safety and food waste. Minimizing waste while still ensuring food safety, e.g. 2nd Harvest- CC via Flikcr/ FoodandYou
CAIRO – 1 October 2020: Egypt's Ambassador to Rome and head of the African Group at the UN in Rome, Hisham Badr stated on Wednesday that finding quick and creative solutions to limit the food waste around the globe is a must, according to a statement from the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday.
During his participation in a virtual ceremony held by the United Nations Food and Agriculture (FAO) in Rome in coordination with the World Food Program (WFP) and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Badr shed light on the importance of establishing partnerships between the governments, organizations in Rome, the private sector and the civil community on different stages to contribute to achieving food security, combating poverty and ending hunger by 2030 in Africa and the developing countries.
The ceremony was held to celebrate the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste on September 29.
He noted that this matter should be tackled amid the repercussion of the new coronavirus (COVID 19) crisis on food security efforts, the statement.
“The global volume of food wastage is estimated at 1.6 billion tons of ‘primary product equivalents.’ Total food wastage for the edible part of this amounts to 1.3 billion tons,” FAO data says.