Putting wasted food to good use

FoodForward SA is reaching over 30 000 children every day by using food that would normally go to waste in South Africa to provide a solution to malnourished children.

Food waste is one of the most significant problems facing our global food supply. In fact, according to the UN, a third of all the food produced in the world for human consumption is wasted.

sa good news food forwardFoodForward SA’s Second Harvest project works to encourage farmers, growers, food processors and other supply chain stakeholders to partner with them and join the food recovery revolution.

Yet, at the same time, there are almost 821 million people in the world who are undernourished.

FoodForward SA was launched in 2009, with the aim of addressing widespread hunger in South Africa by connecting a world of excess to a world of need by recovering surplus food from the consumer goods supply chain and using it to help feed people.

The way it works is that FoodForward SA partners with various stakeholders in the food supply, to help rescue food that would otherwise go to waste and using that food as a catalyst for social change.

That includes partnering with commercial farmers across South Africa, and urging their network of farmers to donate their extra food left over after harvest.

The organisation has dedicated refrigerated vehicles that go directly to the farmers to collect fresh fruit and vegetables while they are harvesting.

According to the organisation, food banking is the ‘most effective solution to reduce hunger, and reducing food waste is the third most effective solution for fighting climate change’.

And it’s working. Over 30 000 children across the country now benefit every day from the organisation’s school breakfast programme, it says. Meanwhile, 250 000 people are fed every day and 17.6 million meals are provided every year.

The hunger-fighting initiative is a partnership between FoodForward SA (formerly known as FoodBank South Africa) and Kellogg’s Foundation, and it’s just one of the organisation’s school-based programmes.

‘Learners are receiving nutritious meals every day that will give them the energy they need to participate in the different programmes available to them,’ adds FoodForward SA.

‘This is achieved because of partnerships with all the major wholesalers, retailers and manufacturers, as well as farmers, who donate quality, within date, edible surplus food,’ explains the organisation.

A significant problem that the organisation has identified is food waste within the agricultural sector.

Some 50% of all agricultural production go to waste, according to FoodForward SA due to specific product requirements and processing inadequacies, or farmers not having access to markets.

FoodForward SA says it helps resolve this issue through its Second Harvest project, which works to encourage farmers, growers, food processors and other supply chain stakeholders to partner with them and join the food recovery revolution.

‘For every tonne of food we recover, four tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions are saved,’ it says. ‘Our food banking model also promotes 11 of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including goal No1 for no poverty and goal No2 for zero hunger.’

Source: www.globalcitizen.org




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