In the developing world, one child dies of hunger every five seconds. According to statistics* women and children are the main sufferers of hunger: 70% of all hungry people are women. (The irony being that although women grow over 60% of the food in developing countries, they own less than 1% of the land) At the crux of the world hunger issue is inequality (economic and social inequalities) and not scarcity of food. Unequal distribution of food because of grievously poor political decisions, and not food scarcity, is the crippling factor in developing countries. To help reduce this inequality, it would be sufficient if we all developed a model of sustainable living at level of our immediate neighbourhood as shown by 13 yr old Kiran Sridhar, founder of Waste No Food, a non-profit organization that provides a channel for people to pass on their excess food to the hungry.
How does Waste No Food channel work?
It’s really quite simple. Farms, restaurants, cafeterias, grocery stores post details of excess food on the Waste No Food website. Aid group organizations, which have already been vetted for authenticity, can see what is available locally and confirm with transactions online to secure food. The food access
is based on location. The organizations are responsible for all transportation and food handling. Waste No Food pairs restaurants like “Dio Deka” in Los Gatos, with organizations that are looking for
donations. For Kiran, the whole idea started with the need to make a difference. “One-third of all food in California is wasted, yet at the same time 11 million people in California are food insecure, they don’t know where to get their next meal,” said Kiran. Apart from running the Waste No Food organization, Kiran is also interested in world affairs, politics, economics, and social issues. Kiran studies at a school in the San Francisco Bay Area. Kiran and his friend, Thomas and his partners Andy and Fred raised $532 through their startup and are donating all the money they made to Waste No Food.
THE HUNGER CRISIS AT A GLANCE:
- Number of people going hungry everyday: 925 million
- Percentage of all hungry people who live in Asia and the Pacific: 63%
- The two years of the highest cereal production in human history: 2008 and 2009
- The year in which the number of hungry people started increasing faster than world population: 2009
- Number of people in the world who depend on small farms for income: 2 billion
- Number of small farmers who suffer from hunger and food insecurity: 1 billion
- India’s rank in world food production: 2
- India’s rank in the 2010 Global Hunger Index, out of 84 countries: 67
- Percentage of all malnourished children who are Indian: 30%
- Food production in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2010: 223 million tonnes
- Food waste at consumer level in industrialized countries in 2010: 222 million tonnes
- Food wasted per capita in Europe and North America in 2010: 95-115 kg
- Food wasted per capita in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia: 6-11 kg
Waste No Food works closely with non-profit organizations to vet the groups looking for food donations. If you would like further information, please contact Kiran at email@example.com or log on to http://www.wastenofood.org.