Recently ChainPoint attended a Dutch event called “Keten! In Food”. Translated into English, it can have a double meaning. The most direct translation would be “Chain in Food”, hinting at the food supply chain, but more loosely translated it can also mean “To make some noise in the food chain”.
On 10 March ChainPoint attended a workshop in Berlin, focused on reducing food waste in the Kenyan horticulture industry. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), about one-third of all food produced every year is lost or wasted. Taking into account the growing world population, which is estimated to reach 9 billion by 2050, food loss and food waste pose not only an economic and financial problem but also one that affects the survival of people. If food loss and waste can’t be reduced, food production will need to increase to such a level that it requires staggering investment.
According to an article of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the world loses or squanders a third of the food it produces each year. Between planting seeds and delivering food to the table, approximately 1.3 billion tonnes of food is lost or wasted, with a value of more than US$1 trillion. The amount of food wasted is enough to feed the approximately 870 million hungry people in the world four times over, effectively ending hunger in the world.