As the month of Ramadan is due to begin shortly in Morocco, the Moroccan Federation of Consumer Rights (FMDC) has announced the launch of an awareness campaign to warn about food waste which is conspicuously increasing during this holy month.
“Ramadan is a month devoted to piety, fasting, and not a month of excessive consumption”, indicates the FMDC, which announces a national awareness campaign for the benefit of consumers during the last 10 days of the month of Chaâbane, to “protect their economic rights ”and“ prevention against diseases caused by excessive consumption ”especially during the month of Ramadan.
“At the end of the month of Ramadan, there is an increase in consultations for gastrointestinal problems caused by excessive consumption of sweet, fatty products, which go beyond the framework of a balanced diet, in addition to a lack of physical activity. »Tells Hespress FR, Dr Bouazza Kherrati, president of FMDC.
The Federation also recalls a report from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) indicating that each Moroccan throws 91 kilograms of food into the trash every year. At the same time, two-thirds of Moroccan households have food expenditure below the UN average and 16% of Moroccan children are stunted, according to the United Nations World Food Program (WFP).
Studies by FAO and the International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) indicate that during the month of Ramadan 45.1% of Moroccan families throw away the equivalent of 6 to 51 dollars per month, or 60 to 500 dirhams.
“The federation considers that this behavior is contrary to good management and positive participation in the national economy”, denounces the FMDC. And to estimate that the waste harms the purchasing power by insisting that as a consequence it harms the national economy.
According to the FAO, no less than 84.8% of Moroccan households throw away food prepared during the period of Ramadan that has not been consumed. “You only have to take a look at household trash cans during the month of Ramadan, to see that the vast majority of wasted products are foods made from wheat, flour. You have the different forms of pasta and bread, rghayf, messemen, betbout, briouates… ”, indicates the president of the FMDC.
These data are worrying and “inconceivable” according to Kherrati who believes that the consumer should rationalize his consumption of wheat given that it is a product that Morocco imports, and that the State subsidizes so that the citizen can allow to buy some. And to give the example of tea consumption in Morocco to give an overview of the situation.
While the Moroccan is a large consumer of tea, and this product is even called “Moroccan tea”, this product is almost entirely produced outside the Kingdom or / and completely subsidized by the State.
“(Moroccan) tea is prepared with butane, water, mint, sugar, and tea. Tea is 100% imported, water is indirectly subsidized, sugar is subsidized, butane is subsidized too and it is expensive (to the state). However, we prepare a whole teapot where we will only consume a glass or two and throw the rest. It’s a crime! », Indignant the activist.
“Al Hamdoulilah, in Morocco we have not known food shortages for at least 20 years thanks to the royal policy, since King Hassan II with his policy of dams, and who continued with King Mohammed VI who ensures us food security . We must be proud in Morocco to have everything we want at any time, and that is thanks to royal directives ”, adds Bouazza Kherrati who affirms that despite everything, Moroccans must not fall into overconsumption. and waste and consuming responsibly.
The alert on food waste and overconsumption launched by the Moroccan Federation of Consumer Rights comes as food loss and waste is a source of concern regarding food insecurity, climate change and water scarcity in the region Mediterranean, where Algeria, the largest country in the region, is already facing a serious drinking water crisis.
These concerns are particularly relevant at a time when the North African region is known for its semi-arid climate, is facing an increasing scarcity of resources (climate change, desertification, drought, low rainfall, etc.) and where food security is critical. closely linked to social, economic and environmental issues.