Food Waste Prevention Initiative

Food waste inclination has set out as a new world venture in past few decades. Malnutrition is a spiraling global challenge. Hence preventing any food wastage only seems fair. Therefore, to enhance this idea a coalition of 10 powerful food retailers has joined hands in imitating a new campaign against any further food loss or waste. This new campaign is named as “10x20x30”, which decodes as 10 retailers ensuring 20 of their supplier each to cut down on any sort of food waste in half by 2030.

The retail giants include Walmart, Kroger, Aeon, Ikea Food, Tesco, Ahold Delhaize, Metro AG, Pick n Pay, The Savola Group, Sodexo. These founding partners have been joined in lined with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Target, which is also all set for reducing any food wastage by 2030 all across the globe by 50%.

In a recent statement made public by the spokesperson and the SVP of sustainability by Walmart and Ark, Laura Phillips, she stated “Food loss and waste is a massive global challenge. While addressing this challenge is a priority for us, 10x20x30 is built on the fact that no one company can address this challenge alone, she further pressed on the issue by stating with 10x20x30, retailers work to reduce in-store food loss and waste, as well as support their upstream suppliers to reduce their own loss and waste.

The coalition has started raising its voice, inviting all the governments, executives and other retailers to step forward into getting involved with the committee. They are strategically setting their footings in motivating their sustainable goals worldwide.

The chairperson of the UK based Tesco, stated that. ‘’The latest research from Champions 12.3 is clear: We need to see more companies targeting, measuring and acting on food waste and publishing food waste data if the world is to deliver Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 and halve food waste by 2030’’. Mr. Davis Lewis, further pressed on how the committee “10x20x30 is a clear opportunity for companies to work in partnership with hundreds of food suppliers to tackle food waste from farm to fork.”

In most newly published report the global research organization ‘World Research Institute’ (WRI), under ‘Reducing Food Loss and Waste: Setting a Global Action Agenda’, has generated a report which focuses on what every retail company should have on their ‘to-do’ list. The main body of the report stated that:

  • The target -measuring approach- governments and companies involved should have a target approach as to how can they come up with the strategies on how the food wastage can be reduced into halves by 2030 based on their geographic and usage distribution.
  • All the retailers involved should have tailored approach on how packaging, storage, handling and shipping of the foods (waste or not) should be handled. WRI issued a detailed report on this.
  • The involved executives should expand their circles, and should take a keen measure from all kinds of food management such as the wastage of crop, yielding of crops, managing of fresh foods a stored food. Further the report details on how the scaling intervention can be of done by the involved executives.

The scaling initiative as presented by the 12.3 committee which currently widespread in 80 countries stated.

  1. Developing of national strategies for prevention of food and water wastage

While most developing countries may have a better control over their food wastage, there are many various ways where public sector, farmer to consumer behaviors, private sector action and public awareness can be set in an alignment to help create a national strategy. While doing so may not guarantee any obvious success but it will put the world order in some alignment.

2. Creating public-private partnerships

According to Hanson keeping the public and private sector side by side will help create a unified sense of preventing any food and water. This help both communities learn better and unravel further public issues side by side.

3. Launching decade storage solutions

WRI has called some major executives, storage providers, cold warehouses, financers, and governments to develop a climate smart networking, which will help farmers and management heads to handle the food units better for storage.

4. Invest in research

According to the WRI recent report, ‘there is still a lot that we do not know’. There are many next generation questions which remain unanswered. However, on many clear notes it is understood by everyone that food loss and water wastage can be better solved if there is advanced research done.

5. Collecting data

Un environment council is still unsure of how many food is wasted annually per house in Asia, Africa, and South America. Therefore, there is a fair chance of number is doubling up in food wastage once the altered data is in. this will help the council make better decisions.

6. Increased financing

According to the director of WRI, Hanson there is an immediate need for more financing of great ideas which are very much bankable. This will help build more projects regarding the food wastage. This financing is more required in third world countries, where commendable projects require handsome financing to prevent food waste.

In a moving statement released by Mr., Frans Muller, president and CEO of Ahold Delhaize, Zaandam, Netherlands, he reminded the world its duties by saying ‘’This is the next critical step in scaling our industry ambitions to reduce food waste around the globe, the social, environmental and economical business case to reduce food waste is evident, so I strongly believe this initiative will be very successful and instigate forthcoming initiatives.”

Tacking waste management infrastructure has become a vital need for the survival of coming generations and communities. Collaboration with private, public, executive chains, food management committees, governments and investors will help in identifying how food wastage can be addressed in less time producing more efficient results.

The benefits of achieving this goal would not only be rewarding but will also include bridging the gap between malnutrition by 20%, lowering greenhouse, boasting the natural habitats and ecosystems development and abundant food availability for third tier countries.

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