Result of 2yr Swiss Network for International Studies Research Project : VIDEO: Documentary Series Exploring Food Waste in Bangalore & Manila

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The Swiss Network for International Studies has posted its latest videos from a food waste study it conducted in India and the Philippines between 2013 and 2015.

The goal of the film series is to reveal the complexity of food consumption dynamics among the middle classes in two rapidly changing, urban centres: Metro Manila, the Philippines and Bangalore, India.

Based on a two-year academic research project, the films highlight the changing patterns, practices and policies related to food consumption in these two mega-cities.

The project was funded by the Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) and co-coordinated by the University of Lausanne and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, both in Switzerland.

The latest two films to be published can be viewed below and you can find another two published in mid-2015 by scrolling down.

Waste management and recycling in Bangalore

This film explores waste management practices in Bangalore following the 2003 crises which saw waste piled up in the street.]

Eating out and food waste in Bangalore

This film examines the consequences of eating out on the food waste situation in Bangalore, which has had a significant increase in population over the past decades. It looks at how restaurant owner deal with the large quantities of left over food waste, and attempts to reduce it.

Eating in and food waste in Bangalore

This film considers food consumption in the home among middle-class Bangalore household, in relation to the growing issue of food waste. Household food waste tends to be less among Indian households, compared to Swiss households.

Some of this has to do with domestic helpers, who better manage food stocks in the home. Some of this has to do with the availability of fresh produce at all hours, making it easier to buy food when it’s needed.]

Eating out and food waste in Metro Manila

Eating out is a major trend in Metro Manila, as is the case in other urban centres in rapidly developing Asia. This film considers food waste in the service sector. While people have a role to play when they order food, the service sector could also play a more important role.

Two best practice examples are shown: a restaurant where food waste has been reduced to a minimum, and a school campus where food waste has been dramatically reduced.]

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