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In recent years, food waste has increased significantly in Kuwait.Food bank

By Majd Othman

Kuwait: According to recent reports, Kuwaiti individuals waste 95 kg of food annually. Meanwhile, according to the 2021 Food Waste Index Report published by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and its partner organization WRAP, Kuwaiti families dispose of 397,700 tonnes of food each year. According to the report, most of this waste comes from households that dispose of 11% of the total food available in the food chain’s consumption phase, with the food service industry and retailers disposing of 5% and 2%, respectively. doing.

Meshal Al Ansari

Kuwait Bank for Food and Relief Vice President Meshal Al Ansari proposes to the Kuwait Times a project to recycle surplus food and set up a plant to produce fertilizers and animal feeds. He said he had submitted it to the relevant authorities. “In Kuwait, food waste has increased significantly due to lack of awareness of individuals and the food service industry. To consider the laws and laws that need to be set to reduce food waste, It takes a lot of rest, “Ansari emphasized.

According to the report, Kuwait is ranked 20th on the list of the world’s top food loss countries, with 9.31 million tonnes of food discarded annually worldwide, which is 17% of the food available. To do. The Food Bank for Food and Relief is a charity approved by the Ministry of Social Labor, established to combat hunger and poverty, and to reduce food waste through awareness and guidance.

Banking activities

Ansari said the bank’s “Al-Issa Endowment” to distribute surplus cooked meals from restaurants, hotels and home banquets on the food banking mechanisms being implemented to reduce or utilize surplus food. He pointed out that he had agreed with a volunteer team called. For poor families in Kuwait. “In the meantime, food banks have worked with the Ministry of Education to launch a campaign to educate and guide school students to learn how to reduce food waste. It is the negative effects of food waste and it’s individuals and society. Raise awareness of the damage done to the school, “he said.

“As for the direct role of food banks, we don’t deal with unpacked materials. Our direct work is only relevant for canned products that are valid for more than 3 months,” Ansari said. Says. “Co-operatives and businesses have a monthly list of sales and knowledge of monthly surpluses. They allocate a portion of the surplus to donations, play a role in the community and dispose of food waste. “Prevent.” Ansari pointed out that some companies refuse to donate surplus food and prefer to waste it, have commercial goals, and are trying to maintain prices. However, “participation in the community and donations of surplus will be returned to the company as a double profit,” he said.

Ansari strongly agreed with the importance of enacting laws and legislation to reduce waste. “We have income from oil that covers the cost of wasted food, but now after a significant rise in global food prices, it becomes a burden on families and gives them only basic food. I’m letting you buy, “he said. “The existence of laws and regulations that regulate food waste and safety will help countries reduce food waste and save huge amounts of money wasted each year.”

Ansari warned not to rely on current rising food prices to reduce food waste. “People are forced to buy food as prices rise, but in the future prices may fall and oil prices may rise, so we don’t think about the reaction to the current situation. We need to do an ongoing project for the future. With a lifestyle, it will return us to food waste, “he said. A special committee has been set up by people involved in the food sector to find a fundamental solution to meet the international community working to implement goals and reduce food waste.

https://www.kuwaittimes.com/food-waste-increased-significantly-in-kuwait-in-recent-years-food-bank/ In recent years, food waste has increased significantly in Kuwait.Food bank

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