Jordan tackles food waste with $45k challenge

Minister of Agriculture and Chairman of the Food Security Council, Engineer Khaled Hneifat,
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AMMAN – On Monday, the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and the World Food Programme (WFP) honored the winners of the food waste reduction challenge during the opening of the Food Security Council committees’ meeting, Al-Ghad reported.اضافة اعلان

Innovative ideas were rewarded with a $45,000 prize to empower winners to develop their concepts into entrepreneurial projects. This challenge, known as the “hackathon,” falls under the umbrella of the national campaign against food waste, aligning with the National Food Security Strategy 2021–2030.

The hackathon was organized in collaboration with Cewas, a Swiss organization that promotes sustainable business ideas and innovative solutions. Over the past two months, 37 participants underwent intensive training and guidance, equipping them with the necessary skills to transform their creative ideas into sustainable business models and research methodologies.

Among the winning projects, one focused on an application for reselling safe-to-consume food products before their expiration dates. Two other projects aimed to transform food waste into animal feed or organic fertilizer. Other initiatives explored research methods to quantify food waste in healthcare facilities and households.

The winners were selected from 37 participants, representing all Jordanian governorates. An expert committee, comprising representatives from various organizations, including the Department of Statistics, the MoA, business trainers, Cewas, and the WFP, conducted a comprehensive evaluation based on several criteria. These criteria included the project’s ability to contribute to food waste reduction, its economic viability, innovation, scalability, and feasibility of national implementation.

The Minister of Agriculture and Chairman of the Food Security Council, Engineer Khaled Hneifat, expressed pride in the creative ideas developed by young participants in the food waste hackathon. Notably, food waste in Jordan is estimated at approximately 93kg per person annually, equivalent to 955,000 metric tonnes of food, enough to cover the nutritional needs of approximately 1.5 million people for an entire year.

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