Fighting food waste in Argentina by delivering it to those in need

Americas Now

Food security is one of the leading global issues of our time. In Argentina, President Mauricio Macri has stated that healthy soil is critical for producing quality food. One obstacle to this has been soil erosion and land degradation.

Reducing food waste is also important to achieving food security. Food loss is a big problem for Argentina. Forty percent of the food produced in the country is thrown away.

Correspondent Harris Whitbeck reports on an organization dedicated to what is called food sustainability. The non-profit collects food that would otherwise be disposed of and delivers it to community kitchens, and those in need.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United States, almost 124 million people in 51 countries confronted extreme lack of food in 2017.  

Meanwhile, the Inter-American Development Bank says at least 42 million people in Latin America suffer from acute under nutrition. Despite this, the IADB also claims that in some parts of the region over half of the fruits and vegetables go to waste. Almost 30 percent of the loss occurs during the production phase, which means that farmers need better technology and more training.