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World Food Day 2018 announces photo contest to support FAO #ZeroHunger campaign

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TOMRA is calling for a photo of what makes your food business stand out, in support of the Food and Agriculture Organisation’s #ZeroHunger initiative for World Food Day 2018.

The winner will receive a charity voucher and their photo will be showcased in a dedicated social media campaign. In order to take part, you need to send us your photo by 7th October.

Submit your photo here

What is World Food Day?

The FAO’s annual World Food Day, held this year on 16th October, draws attention to the 820 million people worldwide who still suffer from chronic undernourishment. The FAO is a United Nations organisation, working to tackle the ongoing problem of world hunger by sharing information that encourages governments and businesses to act.

This year’s theme is Zero Hunger, which represents the need for everyone to work together across the world to ensure all people have access to the safe, healthy and nutritious food they need.

An opportunity for the food industry to contribute to #ZeroHunger

The FAO believes that by 2050 agriculture must increase by 60% in order to feed the 9.4 billion people expected to be alive at that time.

The women and men who work in agriculture can play a vital role in achieving #ZeroHunger. Whether they work on small family farms or in food enterprises, their decisions will help shape the future of food and nutrition. Their knowledge is vital in a world where food production faces many challenges such as climate change and limited natural resources – sharing this knowledge is a critical starting point.

 

Harsh facts about global food waste and what it means for our planet

  • There is no reason for anyone to be hungry today, because there is enough food produced in the world to feed everyone.
  • If one-quarter of the food wasted was saved, it would be enough to feed 870 million hungry people.
  • Eliminating food waste on a global level would save 4.4 million tonnes of CO2 a year.
  • If food waste were a country, it would be the 3rd biggest emitter of greenhouse gases and therefore the 3rd biggest contributor to climate change in the world after China and the US.

The Zero Hunger manifesto – how food producers can help eliminate world hunger

Promotion of Equality - Farmers and smallholders should promote gender equality and the empowerment of women, indigenous peoples and youth, because Zero Hunger can only succeed in a society that is fair and equal for all.

Pursue resource-efficiency - Farmers should manage natural resources sustainably and efficiently – this will help ensure their future availability, protect the environment, and increase profits by reducing waste.

Adapt to climate change - Adopting a Climate-Smart Agriculture approach can help farmers face the inevitable climate change challenges by helping them to use natural resources in a sustainable yet more productive way. Farmers should use seeds that are more resistant to drought and disease, breed livestock that is suited for warmer temperatures, create stormproof ponds and cages for fish, and plant trees that are heat- and drought-tolerant, for example.

Diversify crops – Our increasing need to grow crops for biofuel production and bio-fortified food will simultaneously increase the demand for agro-biodiversity. This will affect the way in which farming will be carried out in the future. Farmers should diversify their crops as this can help to maintain healthy soils, regulate pests and diseases, improve pollination and decrease the impacts of climate change by decreasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Produce more, with less – In order to feed 9 billion people by 2050, farmers should find new, more productive ways to farm food and diversify their crops. Using an integrated farming approach will not only help farmers increase their crops’ yield, and thus their profits, but can also improve the quality of their farmland.

Make your voice heard - Farmers and agribusinesses should participate in policy, programme, and monitoring processes at all levels, to contribute their knowledge and expertise, and make their voices heard.

Unite as cooperatives - Vulnerable rural populations should form local cooperatives to ensure that their views and opinions are considered. This will help them realise their right to adequate food and decent employment.

Educate the farmers of the future - By providing the young with the right tools and knowledge, farms and agribusinesses can educate a new generation of farmers, increase their workforce and produce more food to be sold on the market, or shared with others. FAO’s Junior Farmers Field Schools are available to help those starting out.

Cut post-harvest losses - Post-harvest losses can be significantly reduced or prevented by using adequate storage facilities, keeping up to date with the latest developments in technology and undergoing relevant training.

Leverage the power of technology - Modern digital technology and software, such as mobile device apps, can help farmers mitigate and fight the effects of extreme weather events, by allowing them to share information rapidly, access up-to-the-minute data and discover innovative farming solutions.

Submit a photo of your food business and win! Your shot should reflect what makes your food business stand out: machine performance, innovative approach, high yield, your people, or a combination of any or all of these!

Topics: Food Waste

Matt Stillwell

Written by Matt Stillwell

Digital Marketing Manager - TOMRA Food