Food wastage falling through the cracks in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Food wastage falling through the cracks in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Organisation: The Patriot (Pakistan)

Publication Date: 12/30/2016

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My project is about the adverse effects of food wastage on climate change in Pakistan in general and in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in particular. South Asia hit hard by climate change and Pakistan--ranked 10th most vulnerable country to climate change in Global Climate Risk Index 2015--witnessed deaths, displacement of tens of thousands of people due to natural calamities. According to UN report, the waste of some 1.3 billions tons of food wastage each year is causing economic losses of $750 billion and significant damage to the environment. Another report of FAO says, the world already produces enough food for everyone, but around one third of it discarded or spoil in transport or storage before reaching consumers. Developing countries lose roughly a third of their edibles due to poor refrigeration system and other reasons. Food wastage in Pakistan not only causes climate change but also contribute to the starvation and hunger. Dumping of food in open ground resulted in environmental diseases. European countries including France, Denmark and Italy took pragmatic steps to reduce food wastage and donate it to the charities. Pakistan needs to learn from European countries and formulate legislation to overcome food wastage and donate it to the underprivileged segment of the society.

What makes this project innovative? What was its impact?

My project pressed the government to look into the matter of food wastage and take steps to reduce it.

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