PROGRESS has liberated mankind from the shackles of ignorance and has opened a new world of enlightenment. Latest technologies have improved the living standards, and new techniques in agriculture have paved the way for large-scale production. But some areas still paint a bleak picture, like, say, food shortage.

It is estimated that about 30-35 per cent of all food produced globally is never consumed. Meanwhile, 800 million people go to bed hungry every night. The situation is no less grim in Pakistan, an agricultural country with a surplus wheat production. Pakistan is ranked among the lowest countries on the Global Hunger Index.

According to the World Food Programme, 40pc children aged under five years are currently stunted, and 29pc are underweight. Similarly, 36 million tonnes of food is wasted in the country every year and 18pc of its people face severe shortage.

To prevent this situation, we have to make sure that the leftover food in restaurants and marriage halls does get donated to impoverished people suffering from hunger. And, this needs to happen within the shelf-life of the food in question. The government, charitable organisations and food banks can collaborate in this regard. We can follow the footsteps of countries like France, Norway, Denmark and the United Kingdom in this regard.

In France, for example, supermarkets prioritise reduction, reuse and recycling of extra food. The inedible food can be given to the cattle and used as compost. A campaign is needed to raise awareness among the public to prevent food wastage. After all, it is our moral and religious obligation not to waste food.

Ayesha Mehmood
Multan

Published in Dawn, January 22nd, 2021

Opinion

Karachi development
Updated 13 Apr 2021

Karachi development

Our planners must learn that infrastructure and services are essential to economic progress.
The government’s emerging traits
Updated 12 Apr 2021

The government’s emerging traits

Frequent bureaucratic changes signify a whimsical way of governing and reflect knee-jerk reactions to the criticism of the day.

Editorial

Reform after Daska
Updated 13 Apr 2021

Reform after Daska

Electoral malpractice generates instability and delegitimises the mandate of the winner, triggering one crisis after another.
13 Apr 2021

Reinstating LGs

THE PTI government in Punjab is sending confused and conflicting signals to people when it comes to the critical...
13 Apr 2021

Remembering I.A. Rehman

THE quest for a progressive society in Pakistan, at peace with itself and its neighbours, suffered a big setback in...
Pakistan-India peace
Updated 12 Apr 2021

Pakistan-India peace

Experts note that everything — including Kashmir — can be resolved if there is a will in both capitals.
12 Apr 2021

Child abuse

IN its annual report, the NGO Sahil found that there has been a 4pc increase in documented cases of major crimes...
12 Apr 2021

New tax chief’s task

THE FBR got a new chairman on Friday. Asim Ahmed, a senior IRS officer who was serving as the Board’s IT member...