"Zero waste in the Mediterranean: Natural, food and knowledge resources."
Co-produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM), the Mediterra 2016 report entitled “Zero waste in the Mediterranean: Natural, food and knowledge resources” was presented at the Sciences Po Paris, on Tuesday January 24th, 2017. The report analyzed the many challenges to be faced in terms of waste and suggested solutions while highlighting the importance of this issue to achieve a sustainable, responsible and inclusive development in the countries of the Mediterranean.
The speakers agreed that the erosion of arable land due to “rapid urbanization”, soil salinization, desertification or fires, are all challenges that we should face.
The Food waste issue that was tackled by the participants, was presented as a top priority in terms of population growth in the region and the requirements of consumers at a time when it is requested simultaneously “to produce more and better, with less efforts.” During the debate, the participants also pointed out how food insecurity was linked to social instability though this strategic stake was still largely underestimated.
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