Monthly Archives: September 2014
You are not wasting You are Snatching !!!

Currently you are reading this post means you are utilizing your free time, which indicates that you have your belly filled. Before moving forward ,please try to recall and calculate how much food have you wasted this week or till now. Can you count it in figures? Food_Waste

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Food waste or food loss is the food that is discarded or cannot be reused.

Quick Facts about our Food System

  • According to FAO; approximately 1.3 billion tonnes of food gets wasted every year which accounts one-third of total food production for human consumption.
  • Of the total food waste consumer in rich countries waste 222 million tonnes of food,that accounts the total production of sub-Sahara region(230 million tonnes) which is enough to feed 513 million people.
  • FAO estimates 868 million people are suffering from chronic hunger.
  • 1/4th of total food waste is enough to feed the suffered people.  The total of wasted food is enough to feed 3 million people.
  • By 2050 population of world is estimated to be 9 billion and to meet the food requirement production needs to be increased by 60% with a challenge of decreasing cultivable land area So the time has come to think that ‘ wasting a grain is snatching a grain 0f a hungry ‘

 

How are we wasting our food? Are we Conscious?

  •  In developing countries,40% loss is in harvesting ,processing and handling.
  •  In industrialized countries 40% loss is in retail and consumer level

 Other causes

  • Lack of awareness
  •  Lack of post harvest management knowledge
  •  Lack of shopping planning
  •  Confusion on best before and use by
  •  Market inefficiencies
  •  Over production
  • Inadequate storage facility in whole food chain
  •  Catering services , restaurents,hotels estimated cooking
  •  No knowledge on how to utilize left over
  •  Showy feelings during festivals
  • Dining table leftovers

If we really want to stop wastage we can we just need to manage our habits .

  •  Plan shopping,buy and cook as required,dont avoid funny looking products,
  • Manage proper storage facility
  •  Provide knowledge on post harvest management
  •  Practice FIFO; first in first out, during cooking
  •  Manage leftovers :pickling, freezer checking, use wilt veg for soups

Beside hunger food waste creates many problems too.

  •  Squandering of resources like water land energy labour capital
  •  Economic loss to people and country
  •  Generate hunger problem
  •  Environmenral pollution
  •  Increased green house gas emission.

So time has come to act not think.a grain you save will be a grain grown for other. Think before you eat.

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Unleashing Nepalese Agriculture

Many countries are already developed both in terms of their economy and society, while others are rapidly striving to catch up. But here in Nepal, we seem to be tip-toeing towards a so-called developed and “New Nepal”. While our wants are growing, even our basic needs are not met.  An example is the general neglect that agriculture has faced in a context of a growing desire for material wealth.

Vegetable_Mandy_Pokhara

Vegetable_Mandy_PokharaCultivable lands in urban areas and suburbs are rapidly being split-up and plotted to raise concrete structures on them. The rural population is migrating to the cities while the youth is flock to foreign lands in search of manual labour, leaving the villages’ youth-less. Once cultivated green fields of paddy, now lie barren. Little knowledge is evidently dangerous. At the same time, ample knowledge is also causing the youth to leave their villages in search of skilled labour. An educated person shouldn’t work on the fields, they say. Meanwhile, the ever-changing governments are too busy shuffling about their papers to notice what is going on. There is a fuel crisis. There is a gas crisis. There is a water crisis. The whole country it seems is in a state of perpetual crisis. Forget catching up in the race to prosperity, we are steadily decelerating.

Nation paralysed form Years long political chaos and confusions renders no option in youth flocks flawing to the Middle East and wherever foreign in search of an opportunity to earn bliss has been far more sustaining the nation from the drops earned from the hardcore labour. Hundreds of packed boxes every month landing in the international airport and the broken families in absence of a guardians, husbands, sons, daughters, keens and so on leaves none driven unemotional. Why not our policy makers develop and the administrators deploy the measures that option the tragedy and create the opportunity in our own land.

Agriculture, the main source of most Nepalese livelihood and backbone of Nepali culture and society, is being left way behind in this race, to the detriment of the people. Agriculture is not only the way of progress, but no one can disagree that in Nepal’s case; its development should be second to none as it holds the promise of real prosperity for all. Even considering industry, without agriculture, none of the raw materials necessary for production of goods, are available. Without the involvement of the Nepali youth in agriculture, neither is industrial development possible, nor will unemployment be resolved.

Earning $200 a month in a foreign land can be a present success but, it is not sustainable in the long term. In fact, if agriculture is pursued scientifically, its dividends have the potential of being way more than the miserly $200 a month that many Nepali youth leave their country for. Little investment in our own land; growing vegetables, raising orchards, promoting floriculture and promoting agro forestry will go a long way.

Commercial crops like cotton (white gold) in the western part of Nepal, tobacco for the international market, Jute in eastern part, tea and coffee are all currency whose value we are failing to realise. For example, sugarcane production not only solves sugar shortage, but the by-product of sugarcane after milling can even be used as fuel.

Ethyl alcohol is produced from molasses (sugarcane by-product) which is later blended with 10-20 percent petrol to make an excellent Bio-fuel. Brazil produces 11.7 billion liters of ethanol per annum to run about 6.5 million vehicles. Why can’t we? Likewise, bio-diesel from Jatropha is another possibility. Off season vegetable production and vegetable seed production in the mid hills of Nepal can be developed as the short term strategies for the solution of ongoing foreign flaw of youth migration in the golf to sustain their families. In addition the market across the border to India and the developing off-valley urban hubs can be exploited for their immense market potentiality.

Our coffee and tea are of best standards in the world while the medicinal herbs in our country are internationally souyght-after. We just need to invest to properly utilize them.

Agriculture not only promotes better living standards, but also promotes tourism; agri-tourism, eco-tourism. Wealth is all around us in the form of arable land. We just have to plant the seeds and a good germination will serve as well as a currency tree.

Originally posted on Madhu Personal blog.