INORA at World Food Day

INORA was invited to speak on Food Waste at the World Food Day on October 15th, 2016. The event was jointly organized by the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at SNDT College of Home Science, Pune and the Association of Food Scientist and Technologists (AFSTI). Professionals from food processing industries, manufacturers of food processing equipment, officials from government and voluntary organisations attended the program.

The technical sessions of the program included lectures and discussions by experts from the field of food processing and equipment manufacturers. A pickle making competition was also held supported by Suhana. World Food Day is observed on October 16. The theme for this year is ‘”Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too”’. It is aimed to draw attention to increase agricultural and food production and take measures to combat poverty, hunger and malnutrition.

INORA’s Anil Gokarn spoke on the topic of food waste. His talk presented statistics on the state of food wastage in India. After providing an overview on the scope of the problem, possible immediate solutions were considered. INORA’s contribution to preventing food waste from reaching landfills was discussed. The various technologies and methods that INORA uses such as composting, biogas, mechanical composting and vermi-bio filtration was elaborated on with a view to providing the participants with decentralised low cost solutions that could be implemented with ease. The resources that could be finally generated from waste in the creation of gardens and green spaces was presented.