Ensuring Food Security
We consume more than we produce
The world’s 7.6 billion people currently consume 1.7 times more than the earth can replace in a given year. This food barely sustains our current population and comes at a great cost to our wildlife, water supply and climate.
With the world population estimated to reach 9.8 billion by 2050, we would need 70% more food – more than another planet’s worth – to sustain the human race.
A sustainable approach to food is of the utmost importance to ensure our survival and future prosperity.
One solution presents itself in the form of food waste. Globally, one-third of all food produced goes to waste.
This food requires precious natural resources to produce and produces significant emissions in its distribution cycle. If we saved this food from waste, we would save 250 trillion litres of water a year and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by a significant 8%.
Locally, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MoCCAE) pegs the cost of food loss and waste in the UAE at an average $3.5 billion a year.
As the UAE’s population expands and our food consumption continues to grow at a rate of 12% per year, it is time for us to sow the seeds of long term food security.
A fresh approach to waste
CONTRIBUTING TO UAE’S Food Security
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- Establish a national baseline for food loss and waste levels to identify hotspots for action.
- Contribute to national strategies and regulations by participating in surveys, workshops and a government accelerator program.
- Join our movement to Save 1/3 of all food from going to waste, by inspiring people to change the way they shop, cook and eat.
- Engage UAE youth by developing educational resources and programmes for schools and universities, and supporting a public awareness campaign.