During a press conference in that Swiss city, FAO Deputy Director for Economic and Social Development, Nancy Aporto, made an urgent call to reduce the amount of food wasted, to mitigate the increase of these pests.
He explained that the problem of food waste is a global problem and is not limited to rich countries, so no one is exempt from food insecurity, hunger and malnutrition.
Currently, about 811 million people suffer from hunger, two billion suffer from micronutrient deficiencies, i.e. lack of vitamins and minerals, millions of children suffer from stunting and wasting, and fatal forms of malnutrition, in addition to 132 million suffer from food insecurity due to the Covid epidemic. -19, select.
According to FAO data, 931 million tons or 17 percent of food produced in 2019 ended up in the rubbish of families, retailers, restaurants and other players in the sector, which in financial terms equates to an estimated $400 billion loss.
He also emphasized that uneaten food is a waste of resources such as land, water, energy, soil, seeds and other inputs used in its production.
Oporto warned that due to their high cost, healthy diets are out of reach for the vast majority of people in all regions of the planet, including Europe.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has urged acceleration of actions leading to the achievement of Goal 12 of the Sustainable Development Goals, which refers to ensuring sustainable consumption and halving per capita global food waste by 2030.
The United Nations highlighted these figures on the eve of World Food Loss and Waste Awareness Day, which is celebrated on September 29.
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