Women Winning the War Against Food Waste and Food Loss

In recognition of International Women’s Day, 8 March, Think.Eat.Save. highlights the noteworthy women and women-centered groups that are leading actions to address food waste and loss through their initiatives.

Crop Preservation in Tanzania.  A SEED 2011 awardee, Rift Valley Foods focuses on enhancing women farmers’ access to profitable markets. The awardee developed a toolkit for post-harvest solar drying, handling and use of fruit and vegetable crops to be sold in East African markets. By using innovative solar drying technology, the project addressed a critical lack of food preservation and storage means and enabled women farmers to sell more products widely.

Imai Farming Cooperative in South Africa. Another distinguished SEED 2011 awardee, Imai Farming Cooperative is a women's cooperative which has partnered with both non-government and government institutions. The cooperative is increasing and stabilising farmers' incomes and reducing waste by processing surplus fresh vegetable produce into pickles. The initiative also encourages organic farming.

Selina Juul. Stop Wasting Food. Environmental sustainability and global responsibility have always been matters close to her heart so in 2008 Selina Juul founded Stop Wasting Food, a non-profit consumer movement against food waste. In Denmark alone, food worth a staggering 16 billion DKK (2.15 billion EUR) is wasted every year. . Since its founding, the Stop Wasting Food movement has earned the support of several thousands of Danish consumers, Members of the Danish Parliament, Members of the European Parliament, top chefs and Michelin restaurants, as well as leading Danish food personalities.

Ronni Kahn. OzHarvest. OzHarvest began when its Founder Ronni Kahn decided that she was not prepared to be part of the waste cycle that is a natural outcome of the hospitality industry. Being a part of this industry for over 20 years she had seen a lot of food wasted. She set up a food rescue charity herself and OzHarvest was established and collected its first meal in November 2004. Since then OzHarvest has delivered over 15 million meals to those in need and presently collects 35 tonnes of excess food every week for delivery to over 380 charities in Australia.

1 Million Women - The campaign seeks to inspire 1 million Australian women to take practical action on environmental issues like climate change and food waste and loss. On 8 April 2013 the 1 Million Women team joins LOVE FOOD HATE WASTE and Australia's first MasterChef Julie Goodwin for a sensational event to celebrate the food and wipe out the waste. 

Food for Good. Food for Good is a social entrepreneurship project started in 2011 by a team of three women. The project came about when one of them was working in the food industry and witnessed how much unsold food was thrown away every day in London. Food for Good is involved in environment and social issues through its activities which include food rescue and awareness raising events.

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