Challenges for FLW infrastructure & logistics in GCC

Najeeb AlHumaid, Senior Manager, Farrelly & Mitchell, looks at the variable infrastructural and logistical issues currently contributing to food loss and waste in Gulf Coast Countries. The presentation explores where the waste is coming from in each step of the supply chain and the activities being engaged to reduce the wastage, improving overall food security.

Key Takeaways

  • Local environmental conditions mean that KSA and the wider GCC region is one of the most water-scarce and food trade-dependent regions in the world.
  • Increased incomes, younger demographics, change in dietary preferences and a rise in the popularity of convenience foods all provide context for greater food waste in the region
  • Food loss and waste is being targeted as a means of improving food security in tandem with sustainable domestic food production practices and diversified food imports
  • Sustainable high-tech agriculture is required to conserve scarce water resources
  • Food loss and waste can be accurately monitored across the entire food value chain: Primary production, post-harvest, consumption, process and packaging and distribution
  • Governance and legislation, consumer mindfulness and behaviour, and collection/ recycling infrastructure improvements are all part of the solution towards reducing FLW
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