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Food Security and Food Wastage in India and Around the World

EasyChair Preprint no. 2911

13 pagesDate: March 9, 2020


World Food Day is celebrated every year on 16th October in honour of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) in 1945.

There are an estimated 842 million hungry people on the planet, meaning that about one in eight people in the world suffer from chronic hunger and do not have enough food for an active and healthy life. Additionally, the number of people on the planet is increasing rapidly. Production of basic staple foods will need to increase by 60 per cent to meet the expected growth in demand. As per World Health Organization guidelines, a minimum of 250 gm food grains is required per person per day to survive. The cumulative loss could have fed at least 70 million people,

Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a three-day summit on world food security in Rome that more than one billion people are hungry, and over six million children die of hunger every year - approximately 17,000 every day. In 2050, the world will need to feed 2 billion more mouths - 9.1 billion in all.

 The EU27 currently wastes 89 million tonnes of food each year - equivalent to 179 kg per person.

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), developing countries waste 40 per cent of food items, with 1.3 billion tonnes of food being wasted annually all over the world. Some 925 million people around the world suffer from hunger. 

There was as much as 194,502 metric tonnes of food grains worth billions of rupees were wasted in India due to various reasons between 2005 and March 2013.

Keyphrases: deprivation, Food for all, food security, Hunger, Poverty, UN Food and Agriculture Organization, World Health Organization

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  author = {Joy Prakash Chowdhuri},
  title = {Food Security and Food Wastage in India and Around the World},
  howpublished = {EasyChair Preprint no. 2911},

  year = {EasyChair, 2020}}
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