National Food Preservation Foundation created to tackle $10.66 billion in food waste in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH — Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture (MEWA) Abdulrahman Al Fadhli and Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs and Housing Majed Al-Hogail inaugurated the National Food Preservation Foundation, which aims to reduce food waste.

Al-Hogail stressed the importance of conserving food and not wasting it during his speech at the inauguration ceremony and the Foundation’s first board meeting on Saturday. He expressed his hope that the Foundation would help maintain the blessings of the Kingdom.

He said that the volume of waste in the Kingdom is around SR40 billion, which requires dealing with it in several ways, the most important of which is to activate the role of the third sector, which specializes in the positive exploitation of waste.

For his part, Minister Al-Fadhli said that the establishment of the Foundation is a crucial step in the institutional framework to support the Foundation’s philanthropic work for the preservation of food, which aims to secure food, prevent waste and benefit from food surpluses.

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