“If food loss and waste were a country, it would be the third largest greenhouse gas emitter” says a recent report published by the Rockefeller Foundation.
This is just one of the reasons why one of the targets of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a 50% reduction in global food waste. As part of an effort to ensure that South Africa plays its part in helping to meet the UN’s 2030 target, the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA) is encouraging its member organisations to sign voluntary agreements in support of their Food Waste Reduction and Redistribution Initiative.
The Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA) is a membership-based NPO representing the interests of over 12 000 companies involved the retail, wholesale and manufacturing of consumer goods. It serves as a representative body for the industry, facilitating stakeholder engagement and playing an advocacy role on behalf of the consumer goods sector.
FoodForward SA managing director Andy Du Plessis spoke at the recent CGCSA summit, titled “Embrace the 4th industrial revolution,” and emphasised that “there is room in our operation to recover way more food and have an even greater impact, particularly if more retailers and food manufacturers partner with us.”
This is because we now recover and distribute surplus food in two ways: via our physical warehouses located nationwide, and through FoodShare, our digital Foodbanking platform launched in early 2017. FoodShare allows beneficiary organisations to collect surplus food directly from nearby retailers and food outlets. It also has live dashboards to enable real-time inventory tracking, as well as automated reporting.
As Du Plessis explained, “The introduction of FoodShare is a game changer, because it allows us to scale our distribution efforts without the need for costly additional infrastructure such as warehouses and trucks.”
FoodForward SA distributes the largest volume of quality edible surplus food donations in South Africa. In 2017 we collected over 4400 tons of food, which translated into over 17 million meals. While this volume is greater than any previous year, it is still only a fraction of what is available in the consumer goods supply chain.
We encourage all CGCSA members to sign the voluntary agreement to support the CGCSA’s Food Waste Reduction and Redistribution initiative, and to redirect edible surplus food to FoodForward SA and help us achieve our vision of a South Africa without hunger.”