Group proffers solution to food wastage

By Ugonma Cokey, Lagos


The Executive Director of ERA/FoEN, Dr. Godwin Ojo, at a press conference to
Mark the World Environment Day 2013, said that addressing the road newtwork
challenges would go a long way in reducing food wastage.
While speaking on some measures required to address the problem of food waste and
deficit in Nigeria Dr Ojo called on the three tiers of government and businesses to invest
on a post harvest food preservation enterprise as a viable way of preserving foods produced
in Nigeria.
The Organisation also called on all tiers of government to support small-holder farmers
who represent about 70% of the population since they had the capacity to feed the
country’s growing population and be gainfully employed.

The Executive Director condemned what he described as “the spate of land grabbing by some state governments in collusion with corporations which meant the forceful appropriation of farmlands belonging to small-holder farmers and transferring same to large scale farmers in the name of foreign investment.”
Ojo also stressed the need to minimize unnecessary food purchases and food wastage and to consciously “reflect on our roles as stewards of nature and the planet and to take decisive action to protect and preserve mother- earth.”
June 5 every year is World Environment Day.
It is a day used by the United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP to increase awareness of the many Environmental Problems affecting livelihoods and the future of humanity.
The Day is used by people from all walks of life to come together to ensure a cleaner, greener and brighter outlook for themselves and future generations.
The celebration of the Day began in 1972, has grown to become one of the main vehicles through which the UN stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action. It is aimed at being the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action.
Every year there is a theme: this year it is “Eat. Think. Save” a campaign to promote the reduction of food waste.