About one third of all food which is grown in the Middle East and North Africa is lost or wasted, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
In Egypt, that adds up to an estimated 50 kg of food per person per year, according to United Nations figures. Most of this food is lost from the farm to the table, rather than wasted at the consumer level.
That results in a loss of nutrition, which is “alarming for a country which is facing already high levels of malnutrition” says the agency.
Governments in the region have pledged to reduce food loss and waste by 50 per cent by 2024, and FAO along with the Italian government, is training farmers and wholesalers to reduce food loss and ensure greater food security, as Anais Hotin reports, from Egypt.