Dubai now targets zero food waste with new campaign
Municipality appeals Dubai's residents to play their part in curbing food wastage ahead of the World Food Day
Dubai Municipality has urged consumers and operators the F&B industry to make stronger commitment towards zero food waste through its new campaign.
The campaign – Zero Food Waste – is a joint initiative of the UAE Food Bank and Dubai Municipality in support of World Food Day, which will be observed on October 16.
Several programmes will be organised by Dubai Municipality’s Food Safety Department on the occasion, which will also include a social media campaign with the hashtag #ZeroFoodWaste.
The Municipality has invited food establishments and individuals to present innovative ideas, tools and methodologies for identifying food losses, their causes and potential solutions along the entire food value chain, from production, storage and processing to distribution and consumption.
Local residents and Dubai Municipality’s employees are also being encouraged to participate in the social media campaign by sharing their thoughts, ideas and messages on ways and means to reduce food wastage on their favorite social media channels using the hashtag.
To participate in the ‘Most Creative Post Competition’ participants can send a screen shot of their post to UAEfoodbank@dm.gov.ae.
A multimedia competition has also been organised for students.
“All stakeholders have to commit to reduce food waste in Dubai and the UAE, whether it is by reducing portion sizes, communicating with consumers in a better way by identifying their expectations or by better stock management, every food business will be able to do something to reduce food waste,” Khalid Mohammed Sharif, Assistant Director General of Dubai Municipality for Environment, Health and Safety Control Sector.
According to the UN a third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally each year. This loss and waste occurs throughout the supply chain, from farm to fork.
“Apart from the apparent food waste, it also represents a waste of labour, water, energy, land and other resources. The UN report also says that if food loss and waste were a country, it would rank as the third highest national emitter of greenhouse gases. By reducing loss and waste along the food value chain, healthy food systems can contribute to promoting climate adaptation and mitigation, preserving natural resources, and reinforcing rural livelihoods,” he said.
Sharif also said it is important to understand the role of the Food Bank and understand how contributions can be made towards it.