5th June is globally recognised as World Environment Day; a day popularised by UNEP to promote awareness on the importance of preserving our biodiversity, identify problems related to the environment and think up creative ways to take corrective action.
This year’s campaign – Think.Eat.Save. Reduce Your Foodprint
, brought to the forefront issues related to food shortages and food waste. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), around 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted across the globe every year. This figure is all the more alarming considering 240 million people in sub-Saharan Africa lack adequate food. Fluctuation in prices and persistent droughts are pushing more people into poverty and hunger. If, in an ideal world, 1.3 billion tonnes of food could be saved, it would serve the whole of Sub-Saharan Africa. ITC poster for World Environment Day
At ITC, a Think.Eat.Save campaign was held on World Environment Day to raise awareness to food wastage and food shortages by sharing ideas with colleagues on methods to reduce their foodprint.
Several environmental initiatives exist at ITC including Trade and Environment Unit and Trade for Sustainable Development (T4SD). Furthermore, ITC is undertaking a strategy to integrate environmental considerations into their trade support projects. This can be seen in the previous blog here