World Food Day (http://www.fao.org/world-food-day/2018/join-us/en/) is celebrated every year on 16th October to commemorate the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations in 1945. The day is dedicated to tackling global hunger. For 2018, the hashtag ‘#ZeroHunger’ is being used to promote the aim of the FAO to ensure that nobody is without food by 2030.
According to the FAO, the world produces enough food to feed everyone. However, there are currently 815 million people in the world who still suffer from hunger and 60% of these people are women. The organisation also states that 80% of the world’s extreme poor live in rural areas and most of these people depend on agriculture to survive. It has been predicted that to keep up with demands and feed a larger, generally richer population agricultural production must increase by about 60% by 2050.
The need to solve the growing world food crisis can be seen by the regulations and aims being set out by The Government to minimise food waste. The Courtauld 2025 is a commitment to cut waste in the food chain by 20% by 2025 and has been signed by nearly 100 of the UK’s leading food and drink manufacturers and retailers. Resources minister, Rory Stewart, explains that “food waste – at any stage from the farm to the house – is something we should avoid. It wastes precious water and resources”. https://www.foodmanufacture.co.uk/Article/2016/03/18/Food-manufacturers-responsible-for-bulk-of-food-waste
An industry-specific ERP system can help to reduce food waste throughout the supply chain. A comprehensive ERP system will provide innovative solutions to industry problems such as inventory control, to ensure that costs are minimised and productivity is maximised. We have put together a list of three ways an ERP can help you to meet the aims of the Courtauld 2025 commitment.
- Advanced planning
The fresh produce industry is subject to many seasonal demands such as during Christmas and summertime. It is likely that during these times manufacturers experience having either excess stock or not enough. To ensure that over-production and under-production are minimised, an ERP system with advanced planning tools will help manufacturers prepare for variations in demand which is further explained here. https://www.in2grate.com/blog/how-to-meet-summer-demands
- Quality management control
The perishable nature of fresh food means that manufacturers have to work to tight distribution windows to ensure that they produce the highest quality products. If the quality of the produce is affected, it may mean it will not be fit for sale which will result in increased costs and wasted stock. To combat this issue, it is important that manufacturers have an ERP system with a quality control tool which will check that produce complies with food safety and food standards.
To find out more, click here. https://www.in2grate.com/blog/maximise-the-quality-of-your-produce-with-an-erp-solution