Lesson 5: Looking back: self-evaluation

Creating a sustainable future and preserving our planet is the number one priority for all of us, and in order to maintain that goal, we need to reduce food waste. Below I introduce some key points to consider when developing a strategy to reduce food waste:

  1. Getting a deeper insight on the problem: It’s important to understand what causes food waste in your community or organization. This, in return, will help you identify the most effective ways to address the problem.
  2. Setting realistic goals & targets: Goals are crucial. Setting SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound) goals can help you track your overall progress.
  3. Engaging with stakeholders: Communicating with key stakeholders in the development and implementation of your food waste reduction strategy is beyond necessary. By stakeholders, I mean organizations, businesses, government bodies, and individuals in your local community.
  4. Implementing practical solutions: You wonder what are the main practical steps to reduce food waste? There are lots of options: donating food, using food waste prevention technologies, and implementing specific food waste reduction programs in schools and business environments may be life-changing experiences.
  5. Monitoring & evaluating: Keeping on track is good, but what’s more important is to regularly monitor and evaluate your progress. This way, you can identify areas for improvement and make adjustments to your strategy.

These helpful steps will guide you through developing a sustainable strategy to reduce food waste. At the end of the day, we have one common, global mission: creating a more sustainable future for all of us and generations to come.