EGYPT – French multinational dairy company, Danone has launched “Zero Food Waste” initiative in partnership with The Egypt Food Bank, in a bid to eradicate hunger in Egypt.
Danone will donate its daily surplus of products to EFB benefiting over 35,000 school students & other eligible recipients across Egypt.
The Zero Food Waste initiative directly contributes to Egypt’s SDG on Peace & Security; providing Egyptians with food security.
“We would like to invite all businesses in Egypt to join the initiative to positively impact our community,” said Basma Shams, Head of Corporate Affairs North East Africa at Danone.
Further promoting sustainable food systems, the Dairy giant recently signed a partnership with The UN-Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), aimed at improving nutrition, agriculture practices and food safety across the North African country.
The collaboration involves exchanging the most recent information on developing food safety problems as well as sharing data on food consumption and nutritional intakes in the North African country.
Using Egypt as the pilot nation, the parties will use the information in order to enhance awareness and encourage the adoption of better eating habits.
Furthermore, the partnership includes exchanging information about food systems and nutrition security through the FAO’s provision of e-learning courses and digital certification to Danone employees.
This will further promote compliance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and responsible corporate behavior in global agricultural supply chains.
Mr. Haitham Sadek, General Manager and Managing Director at Danone Egypt said, “The collaboration will reinforce the company’s goal to promote health through food to as many people as possible through its products.
“We have a clear set of long-term objectives that contribute to the United Nations’ 2030 SDGs and inspired by our ‘One Planet. One Health’ vision. Through these goals, we pledge to, among other things, impacting Egyptian’s health, laying the groundwork for healthy generations,” he added.
The UN-FAO Agency and Danone recognize that sustainable food and farming practices need to be strengthened, and people need to have access to more diversified and healthier nutritious meals.
“This partnership will assist in promoting efforts to enhance food security and nutrition as well as improve the sustainability of food systems,” FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu emphasized.
With a plant in Obour city and a world-class dairy plant in Nubariya city, Danone Egypt, a subsidiary of Danone company, has many positive contributions to the Egyptian society that support healthier lifestyles.