Official Data in Saudi Arabia have shown that the oil-rich country wastes nearly $13.3 billion of food per year.
The Saudi Minister of Agriculture, Abdulrahman Al-Fadhli, was quoted by Alriyadh newspaper as saying that Saudis waste a staggering 49.833 billion riyals of food per year.
The waste is equivalent to 30 per cent of the local agricultural output and food imports.
Al-Fadhli explained that “Saudis waste nearly 250 kilogrammes of food per year, the highest in the world.”
Presenting a report during a workshop in Riyadh, Al-Fadhli explained that there are 795 million hungry people around the world.
He noted that saving “only a quarter of the food wasted annually can provide food for 870 million people, and help eradicate hunger in the world.”
He advocated an enactment of laws that limit food waste, while appealing to the concerned authorities to punish those who deliberately waste food.