Where are the managers?

A recent report has highlighted what has been known for a long time – that large quantities of food are being wasted in processing, transport, supermarkets and in people’s kitchens. More than enough food is being produced to feed the entire world – the bottleneck lies in distribution. “Farmers have to supply food to take care of both our necessary consumption and our wasteful habits,” says the report produced by SIWI, FAO and IWMI.

Since agriculture takes up most of the available water in the world, waste of food also implies that enormous amounts of water are being wasted. “The magnitude of food and water losses is large enough that we must pay close attention,” warns the report. The losses are taking place at a time when 1.2 billion people, most of them in Asia, do not have enough water to meet all their needs. Continue reading