UAE commits to stop food wastage

At Netherlands forum, UAE issues plans to minimise food wastage by 2021

By Staff Reporter

Published: Wed 24 Jun 2015, 12:53 AM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 3:09 PM

Dubai - In the season on lavish iftars, a timely message has been sent out by UAE’s minister of Environment and Water: no more food to be wasted, said Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad in The Netherlands as he participated in a conference titled ‘No More Food to Waste: Global Action to Stop Food Losses and Food Waste’ held from June 16 to 19, 2015 at The Hague.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), about one third of global food production is lost or wasted annually, hence the urgent need to support international efforts to reduce global food loss.

Fahad said that the UAE’s participation in the conference demonstrates its desire to enhance food security as a priority in line with UAE Vision 2021 to be one of the world’s best countries by 2021.

“Food waste and loss is considered a major waste of resources, including water, land, energy, labour and capital. Moreover, the resultant gases released contribute to global warming, causing a rise in temperatures and climate change” said Fahad.

He pointed out that the UAE operates within its national strategy to ensure the sustainable development of its environment and infrastructure.

‘No More Food to Waste’ is an international platform to discuss ways to reduce malnutrition through the exchange of best practices and experiences adopted to control food waste and reduce loss and the implementation of global laws and legislation in this area.

The conference dealt with topics such as financing and investment in food waste along with recycling and proper disposal.

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