World Consumer Rights Day Celebration 2020

26/03/2020 11:53

The Consumer Council of Fiji will be celebrating World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD) on 12 March 2020.

This year’s WCRD theme is “The Sustainable Consumer” and the Council’s focus for discussion at the event is “Love Food, Hate Waste, Save Money”.

Food waste is a relevant global problem where approximately 1.3 billion tonnes of food are wasted per year. Ethically, food waste has a knock-on effect on society.

While we’re throwing food out, many people around the world have limited access to food. The UN estimates that globally 1 in 9 people are undernourished.

Additionally food waste is also hurting the environment. Hence food waste contributes to problems ranging from hunger and malnutrition to environmental and economic concerns.

To mark the occasion, the Consumer Council of Fiji will be holding a ‘Speak Out Session at Level 5, Suvavou House in Suva. Similar sessions will be held in Labasa and Lautoka.

The ‘Speak Out’ session will feature speakers from the Food and Agriculture Organisation, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Local Government and Pacific Organic & Ethical Trade Community. To encourage youths and young adults particularly Generation Z, the Council also held a Poetry Competition for secondary school students.

This was held to help encourage youths and young adults to action, champion, and work in solidarity towards sustainable consumerism.

The program will be officiated by the Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, Disaster Management and Meteorological Services, Waterways and Environment, Honorable Dr Mahendra Reddy.

The Council anticipates creativity from young people and views from various concernedstakeholders on the subject of food waste.