News: Wasting enough rice to feed 184 million people

rice drying in the sun - waiting for rats

There are almost 1 billion people in the world suffering from hunger. Increasing the food production, improving the type of food we grow and controlling food prices is all one side of the equation.

According to FAO, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the world is wasting enough rice this year to feed 184 million people, about a fifth of those who are undernourished. The amount lost between harvest and consumers globally totals at least 48 million tons. Per year.

The waste goes from rodent infestations in the rice fields to primitive drying and processing techniques, poor storage, bad bagging and inadequate transport. (Full)

More on The Road about food aid, agriculture and the food crisis

Picture courtesy Enrique Soriano/Bloomberg News


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