Food Wastage

FOOD WASTAGE

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This problem is essentially due to inadequate harvest techniques, poor post-harvest management, and lack of suitable infrastructure, processing and packaging and lack of marketing information. Developing countries should strengthen food supply chains, by up-scaling the marketing of small farmers. Private and public sectors could invest more in infrastructure, transportation, packaging and processing. Investing in post-harvest technologies may reduce food losses and increase the food supply which would allow us to feed more people. It will fulfill United Nations Millennium Development Goal 1, to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger. It consists of three targets: i) Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people whose income is less than $1 a day; ii) Achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all, including women and young people and iii) Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people who suffer from hunger. To avoid food losses, a variety of practices and technologies are available. In India we can introduce technologies which have been successfully tested commercially in Australia and might be adapted to Indian conditions. It is also important to invest in research and extension, to identify where along the food chain food losses are happening and how to tackle them.