ONE THIRD OF FOOD PRODUCED IN SOUTH AFRICA GOING TO WASTE, SAYS WWF

JOHANNESBURG, The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) says that one third of the food produced in South Africa is going to waste and the biggest victims of this wastage are children.

A new WWF report, which paints a dire picture of hunger in the country, estimates that 10 million tons of food are wasted annually in South Africa and says the evidence of excessive waste is in stark contrast to the evidence that millions of people in both rural and urban areas are going hungry.

The WWF adds that reducing food waste in the country can improve the health and well-being of the majority of South Africans.

WWF South Africa programme manager Pavitray Pillay says: If we look at resources in terms of producing that food, what we’re looking at in terms of energy can power the city of Johannesburg for about four months… the water wastage is huge, so is human power, all these resources… 10 million tonnes of food per annum.”

The WWF says water and energy, together with the cost of disposing of the waste, means that food wastage affects the country’s economy and environment.

At the rate of the current wastage, coupled with the high rate of unemployment, South Africa will be unable to meet the United Nations Millenium Development Goals of halving poverty by 2020, it adds.

Pillay says: “Not only do we have the poverty development goals, we also have to meet the food development goals as well, which to cut wastage by half. You know those are the biggest asks.”

Apart from food wastage, the WWF says the wasted water in the country can easily fill 600,000 Olympic swimming pools.

It says farming consumes 62 per cent of the total amount of freshwater used in the country, a waste of scarce water resources in the 30th driest country on the planet.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK