One of the key tasks on SAVE FOOD’s agenda is making decision-makers and consumers aware of food waste and loss. We are endeavouring to bring about a massive change in attitude.
Examples of our activities are:
Presentation of the SAVE FOOD Study in India:
Between May and July 2016 the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) carried out extensive studies on food losses in various areas of India. This was made possible by the contributions made by members of the SAVE FOOD Initiative.
The study considers the situation in the packaging industry in the developing countries. Findings: more investment in adequate packaging and process technology solutions is needed, for example to keep food edible longer. However, incentives also depend on political and economic conditions.
This study, conducted jointly with the FAO, reveals the key facts and figures. 1.3 billion tonnes of food is lost or wasted every year. A stronger technology transfer to Africa and tighter coordination of the various actors in the value chain are essential to remedy this state of affairs.
The starting point was a study by SAVE FOOD that revealed a dramatic statistic: 300,000 tonnes of the mango harvest is lost because the fruits are not picked in time or cannot be processed quickly enough. What SAVE FOOD can achieve is demonstrated by the Mango Project in Kenya.
Food production generates a lot of residual material, which is usually not put to use but disposed of. At the same time, there is an increasing demand for alternatives to plastic packaging. Biodegradable and compostable packaging can be a sustainable solution.