Wa: Campaign against food waste launched

A project to minimise the misuse and waste of food in Ghana has been launched at the University for Development Studies (UDS), Wa campus, in the Upper West Region...


A project to minimise the misuse and waste of food in Ghana has been launched at the University for Development Studies (UDS), Wa campus, in the Upper West Region.

Dubbed "Campaign against Food Waste and Overeating", the project is to encourage Ghanaians to make judicious use of food at their disposal.

Though there are no readily available statistics, it is believed that most Ghanaians waste more food than they consume.

The two key components of the project is to reduce food waste and over-eating, which contribute to about 20 per cent of the world’s food being lost.

At the launch of the project, the Executive Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Food Security (CCCFS), Mahmud Mohammed-Nurudeen, enjoined the students to eat less animal products and help reduce the growing trend of global food insecurity.

He said it was important students played a role in the prevention of food waste to help prevent damage to the environment.

"If we continue to throw food and litter around, then we are just preparing a dangerous environment for the future generations," he said.

The project is also part of efforts to reduce the billions of tonnes of food lost to ensure everyone has access to a safe, affordable, and nutritious diet.

According to scientists at the University of Edinburgh, the world population consumes around 10 per cent more food than it needs, while almost nine per cent is thrown away or left to spoil.

The researchers at the University examined ten key stages in the global food system including food consumption as well as the growing and harvesting of crops to quantify the extent of losses.

According to the research, almost half of harvested crops, or 2.1 billion tonnes, are lost through over-consumption, consumer waste, and inefficiencies in production processes.

They found out that almost 20 per cent of the food made available to consumers was lost through over-eating or waste.

Livestock production is the least efficient process, with losses of 78 per cent or 840 million tonnes, the team found. Some 1.08 billion tonnes of harvested crops are used to produce 240 million tonnes of edible animal products including meat, milk, and eggs.

This stage alone accounts for 40 per cent of all losses of harvested crops, researchers say.

Dr Peter Alexander of the University of Edinburgh's School of GeoSciences and Scotland's Rural College, who led the study, said: "Reducing losses from the global food system would improve food security and help prevent environmental harm. Until now, it was not known how over-eating impacts on the system. Not only is it harmful to health, we found that over-eating is bad for the environment and impairs food security."

Ghana's Centre for Climate Change and Food Security has, therefore, taken upon itself to educate young Ghanaians, especially students, on the need to avoid food waste and overeating.

The project was launched as part of the centre's seminar on the theme: "Today's climate, who should be concerned?"

Ghana Bureau Chief for ClimateReporters, Kofi Adu Domfeh, also encouraged students to show more concern in the protection of the environment.

He said the students can be agents for change in educating Ghanaians about the effects of the changing climate.

He cited an instant where a farmer at Atebubu in the Brong Ahafo region lost all his crops due to prolonged drought.

Mr Domfeh also challenged the students to begin a campus campaign on environmental tidiness.

Centre for Climate Change and Food Security is a Ghanaian based nongovernmental organisation poised to recommending and implementing policies to safeguard the environment and protect farmers’ livelihoods.

The centre also embarks on research works that seek to address issues of climate change, food security, agribusiness, among others.

Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/91.3FM



Related Posts

Mahama Military Land Saga: “I achieved my aim” – Nitiwul

Gambia's Ecobank head to replace Asiama at BoG – Report

Edudzi Asks: Why penalise me for GLC’s incompetence?

KUMACA deaths started 3yrs ago: Bereaved dad

Show love this holiday season – Samira

First Lady now SOS patron

Nigeria's Arik Air to resume intercontinental flights

Anadarko declares dividend

Leave a reply
your email address will not be published

Featured Posts

George Weah plays for Liberia in friendlies


Don't panic, your deposits safe – uniCredit to clients


A-G Board, Chair frustrating my work; Domelevo petitions Akufo-Addo


Mary J. Blige addresses rumours she fought with Faith Evans


Tesla's super cute wireless smartphone charger is coming back


Admit weak students to prove you’re good – Adutwum


Kofi Annan touched many lives – Otumfuo


Don't panic, your deposits safe – uniCredit to clients


Mary J. Blige addresses rumours she fought with Faith Evans


Tesla's super cute wireless smartphone charger is coming back


Kofi Annan touched many lives – Otumfuo


Tesla's super cute wireless smartphone charger is coming back


Admit weak students to prove you’re good – Adutwum


Admit weak students to prove you’re good – Adutwum