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Now, a new age tool to deal with global malnutrition

Jun 02, 2014

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) launches a new guidance tool to ensure food security and sustainable development.

London: In a world where over 840 million people go hungry everyday, achieving food security is extremely important. Better food systems and sustainable consumption ensure an increase in global food production and a healthy lifestyle for all.

To achieve an increase in food production and deal with malnutrition, a new tool, the ‘Think, Eat and Save Guidance version 1.0’, was released by the UNEP, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Waste and Resource Action Programme (WRAP).

This tool was developed as a part of the Save Food initiative and FAO-UNEP Sustainable Food Systems Programme. It provides guidance to governments, local authorities, business and others on designing effective food waste prevention programmes.

According to the FAO almost half of fruits and vegetables are wasted each year.  It is found that in almost 10 percent of the developing nations, green house emissions causing climate change result from growing quantities of unconsumed food, leading to severe environmental degradation.

In today’s day and age, diets have become increasingly resource intensive, with the growing effects of industrialization and urbanization influencing the way in which food is bought and consumed.  This unique food preservation program provides technical support and impetus is needed for a wide variety of actors to collaborate and work towards the singular goal of reducing food loss and wastage.

The guidance document presents complete information beginning with the mapping and measuring methods along with the development of national policies for ensuring an increase in grain production. The document is prepared on the basis of proven experiences around the world, included that of the United Kingdom, where the experiment under the provisions of the document, resulted in reducing household food wastage by 21 percent between 2007 and 2012.

Today, UNEP and FAO stand united in expanding to various developing countries to introduce this tool and ensure an increase in food production for sustainable development of all nations.

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