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Why food security and sustainable distribution systems are important

A secure food distribution system is essential in the management of hunger related issues amongst the most vulnerable in our society. A strong supply chain that ensures the most critical and basic food items reach people in outlying areas, has multiple benefits, not least of which is access to nutritious food.

Reduce food shortages and food wastage

A well organised supply chain reduces food shortages as well as wastage, by targeting the correct recipients with the most appropriate and necessary food items. Staple items that form the basis of a nutritious diet must reach those most in need.

Improve health outcomes

Ensuring a diverse and nutritious range of foodstuffs reaches vulnerable communities assists in improving the general health outcomes of the community by alleviating malnutrition related conditions and stunting in babies and small children. A secure and efficient food chain also increases food safety standards and reduces food-borne contamination in perishable items. Sub standard or damaged goods can be removed from the supply chain along with the risks associated with consuming expired food.

Employment opportunities

By harnessing the skills and manpower of local communities, food distribution channels provide employment. From growing, sorting, packing, transporting to distribution, there are much needed jobs right through the supply chain, and jobs create greater economic stability and even growth in communities.

Agricultural Growth and Development

In agricultural communities, designating specific growing areas to be distributed regionally assists in increased agricultural development and production. With a guaranteed market for his produce, the farmer will be more motivated to grow crops that are appropriate for that market and a better access to fresher produce is a direct benefit for the local consumer. This in turn has an impact on price control as supply and demand can be better matched.

Environmentally responsible

Growing and distributing locally also mitigates the impact of greenhouse gas emissions that result from long transportation routes. Reducing the energy consumption required for longer storage time also has an environmental benefit. Local agricultural endeavours also reduce communities’ dependence on imported goods and foster a sense of social cohesion as people work together for the common good to fight hunger and malnutrition.

Disaster and Emergency Response

In the event that there is a climate related event such as drought or flooding, a food distribution system that is able to penetrate difficult to access areas is essential as part of disaster response and relief to reach affected areas in a timely manner.

The Elite Wholesale Group is part of a food chain system that ensures that basic food materials including whey powder, soy protein, soy fibre and corn starch reach onward distribution points and into the mouths and stomachs of those who need it the most.

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