FOOD & CLIMATE CRISIS
Globally, one-third or 1.3 billion tonnes of food produced is lost or wasted around the world according to the United Nations. The retail cost of food waste is $1 trillion USD.
In Ho Chi Minh City alone, 5,000 tonnes of food is wasted per day. Vietnam is said to be the second-largest producer of food waste in the region, after China. In Vietnam, most food is lost through poor handling, storage and spoilage in distribution. It is estimated that 80% of rice in Vietnam never makes it to market for these reasons.
The Vietnamese Mekong Delta is one of Earth’s most agriculturally productive regions and is of global importance for its exports of rice, shrimp, and fruit but is under threat from Climate Change.
In the first half of 2017, there were an estimated 574,000 people suffering from hunger in Vietnam.