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Pakistan’s 40% food goes in the waste bins FAO’s 2017 report says

“There is more than enough food produced in the world to feed everyone, yet 815 million people go hungry,” Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) states in its annual report titled “The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2017.”

The report further paints a dire picture of affairs stating that world hunger is raising. In line with an estimate, “the estimated number of undernourished people increased from 777 million in 2015 to 815 million in 2016.” Global hunger was said to be declining steadily for more than a decade, it has now started to rise again as figures suggest that 11 percent of the global population is being affected by global hunger.

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FAO further states that despite the fact that the world’s population affected by chronic hunger increased there had been a parallel increase in the undernourished population in the world. Figures state that the number of undernourished people in the world also increased to 815 million, up from 777 million in 2015.

In this regard, food waste reduction has been a prime target under United Nation’s SDG 12 to be which was aimed to be achieved by 2030. UN had stated that: “by 2030, to halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses.”

In this regard, United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in a recent report, reveals that 40% of food in Pakistan goes to waste bin instead of consumed by people. It was also revealed that majority of the food is being thrown and mixes up in the soil in cases when it’s dumped in the waste bins. Surprisingly, the report revealed that on average every Pakistani wastes 250 grams of food during marriage functions.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations reports that Pakistan, India and Bangladesh host millions of people who are not fed properly. However, substantial amount of food being produced in these countries is wasted in bulk.

Baksh, Madeeha. Pakistan’s 40% food goes in the waste bins FAO’s 2017 report says. Christians in Pakistan, September 18, 2017.

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