#FixTheSpot: The problem of food waste is a relatively modern one. India is an ancient civilization and we have been prudent about food for millennia. Our parents and grandparents, too, once approached food and cooking with the same prudence. Yet, somewhere along the way, we lost sight of this “waste not, want not” mentality.
Nearly 40 percent of the food produced in India is wasted every year due to fragmented food systems and inefficient supply chains — a figure estimated by the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO).
Every one of us, who is enjoying his or her right to food, also has a duty towards saving it from wastage. Hereby, we are starting a movement appealing to the people to #fixthespot in their locality. So the hungry people will not have to sleep on empty stomachs. We aren’t claiming this will solve the whole problem of food wastage and hunger but we are sure that IT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
The pandemic not only exposed the problems of food waste but also compounded them. In the wake of the lockdown imposed last year, surplus stocks of grain — pegged at 65 lakh tonnes in the first four months of 2020 — continued to rot in godowns across India. Access to food became extremely scarce for the poor, especially daily-wage laborers. Although essential commodities were exempt from movement restrictions, farmers across the country struggled to access markets, resulting in tonnes of food waste. Meanwhile, instinctive hoarding by the middle class disrupted the value chain, further aggravating the situation.
FixTheSpot: So how can we, as individuals, bring about change?
We can fix a spot for hungry people together out every night, We could cook one extra plate meal for a hungry person at our home. We can serve the food to that person at the FIXED SPOT. If this practice is channelized by every household, Millions of people will not be having empty stomachs. Millions of tonnes of food will reach their best destination or otherwise be wasted.