What we do

Feeding Albania is an organisation that operates in Albania through a variety of different approaches towards food security in the country. It aims at establishing and advancing adequate food systems that are good for the people and good for the planet, or simply said, sustainable. We aim at eventually being acknowledged as a leading pioneer developing country in the work against hunger.

Whether targeted projects or through education and awareness campaigns, whether through cooperation with local organisations or through direct delivery of food parcels to the people in need, we want to feed our people and to help teach them how to be more food independent while at the same time target food waste.

You will see our volunteers transporting a chicken coop to families in need or organising a food campaign. You may see us collecting fruits and veggies from the wholesale markets or delivering sacks of wheat.

As a green anti-poverty organisation, we fight food loss and waste through food banking practices by redirecting nutritious food that might otherwise be unused to the hungry people. Our operations provide a CO2 impact negative balance as a whole. The activities of the organisation can be summarised into three main branches.

 

Awareness and Education

There is much that can be done for the education of our youth regarding FOOD LOSS and FOOD WASTE issues. During our 10 years’ experience in food banking, we have seen a big need for training, qualitative materials and support to the youth in order to get their attention towards not just poverty, but hunger specifically, food waste issues and other feeding issues for our people. We acknowledge that education stands as a main value of our community, and we will continue training and raising awareness towards the creation of qualitative food systems that respect the environment while feeding people good and qualitative food at the same time.

We are in frequent communication with international actors and yearly observe the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste as well as the World Food Day.

 

The Save Food Albania Network

They say that food waste is the world’s ‘dumbest’ environmental problem. And we couldn’t agree more. We operate food projects on the ground for redirecting food surpluses to people in need, thus alleviating hunger and providing a stronger social net to the partnering organisations of our network.

Feeding Albania runs the Save Food Albanian Network, a community of NGOs, donor businesses and institutions that work together for the redirection of excess food from donors to people in need. Only within the first month of operations, the group saved about 30 tons of food from being wasted. It continues to grow with more people getting involved. This team has a big potential for food redirection activities and projects and is still being formed. Much need lies here, while storage space, handling equipment and volunteers are always in need.

 

A Food Systems Institute

Before we do anything, we need to foremost understand current systems of food from farm to fork. Many of the rural agricultural practices that are still used today, lack regard for the environment. This has made Albania one of the countries with very high soil erosion, at the rate of “2-3 times higher than other Mediterranean countries and 10 to 100 times greater than in many other European countries” (please read this report)

Low information to farmers, small and localised farms, a generally not connected strategy between institutions, lack of long-term commitment, personal direct interest as well as many other factors, bring about a great need for awareness and studies towards current food systems. These have damaged crops in the long run by lowering food security and the quality of food produced. Basically, the land is hurt; it produces less, and people are not even aware of this. On the other hand, not far from the village, the urban way of life continues to bring much food waste in the landfills of Albania. It results, according to us, to not be a widespread systemic approach towards the respecting of the food hierarchy. There are mostly local personal initiatives towards this, driven by economic profit which do not take into consideration the environmental perspective.

Through targeted campaigns, dedicated information and innovation practices and technology on the ground, it is our hope that, we will be able to start a Food Systems Institute which will use a systemic approach for assisting, helping and educating people through coming alongside government institutions and other partners for the raising of sustainability of our current food systems. Our efforts will first and foremost be directly involved in the food loss and waste (FLW) issue as the most pressing and easier to fix problem with huge impact and benefit.