Jordan produces 1 million tonnes of food waste annually

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Food waste. (Photo: Freepik)
AMMAN — The Minister of Agriculture in Jordan, Khaled Al-Hneifat, has revealed that approximately 1 million tonnes of food are wasted in the Kingdom each year. اضافة اعلان

To combat this issue, the ministry, in partnership with the World Food Program (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), has launched the "No Food Waste" initiative, according to Al-Mamlaka TV.

The project aims to empower and support local initiatives working in the field of food waste management in Jordan.

Quantifying the amounts
The ministry conducted studies to quantify the amounts of food waste in Jordan, with previous studies indicating that 950 tonnes of food are wasted each year, accounting for 30 percent of the food consumed by Jordanians and causing a 50 percent wastage in production cycles.

Hneifat stressed the need for widespread awareness campaigns to educate the public about the risks and impacts of food waste through educational institutions, religious centers, media outlets, and communication channels.

He also emphasized the importance of utilizing food waste through recycling for human consumption, animal feed, fertilizer, and gas.

‘No Food Waste’
Under the "No Food Waste" initiative, a platform will be established to coordinate all national efforts and provide the necessary support to enhance the efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability of food waste management across various levels in Jordan.

Hneifat recently met with local initiatives involved in food waste management, emphasizing the significance of preventing food waste while considering the country's limited resources.

He also launched a roadmap that regulates the work of youth initiatives in reducing food waste.

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