Today is International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste

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    Today is the 3rd International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste, and Dr. Renata Clarke is calling for awareness of this issue.

    Dr. Clarke is the Sub-regional Coordinator of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

    According to her, awareness is the first step for conscious and constructive action by consumers, food businesses, farmers, governments and educators.

    In an op-ed, she reminded that Sustainable Development Goal 12 calls on the global community to reduce food loss during production and along the supply chain and to halve food waste at retail and at the consumer level.

    She says consumers can buy wisely and store food properly to avoid spoilage and contamination.

    As for Government, she says it plays a key role in promoting access to production and marketing information, establishing an appropriate policy/regulatory framework for investing in and running food businesses, and providing technical and other support to producers.

    Loss can also be minimized if the private sector effectively plans, coordinates and manages production and marketing activities.