1.3-B tons of food rot; 1 of 7 people starve

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ABOUT 1.3 billion tons of food go to waste every year, while one in every seven persons worldwide is starving, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) said on Monday.

In a statement, IFAD said that one in seven people in the world suffers from hunger even as food waste and loss continue on a massive scale, noting that the poor rural communitåies were the ones being vulnerable to food insecurity and environmental degradation.

“Yes, it is true that the world population is growing, and that we have more mouths to feed than ever before,” he said. “But today, there is no actual shortage of food, globally. And there is every reason to believe that tomorrow we will still be able to produce enough food,” Kanayo Nwanze, president of the IFAD, said.

“If we focus on intensifying production without addressing the real problems of getting food where it is needed, of overcoming poverty and of ending these scandalous levels of food spoilage and waste, then we will never address the real issue—which is ensuring that every child, woman and man has access to the food they need to live full and productive lives,” Nwanze added.

Nwanze also noted that post-harvest losses on this scale are scandalous, particularly on a continent where millions go hungry.

“If we want farmers to grow a surplus, they need processing and safe storage facilities so, they are not forced to watch their harvested crops be eaten by pests or spoil in un-insulated sheds. They need roads that are not only paved but able to withstand more frequent and extreme weather. And they need reliable access to electricity and clean water, as well as links to markets and information,” Nwanze said.

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