Time to ACT project demands that we THINK, COLLABORATE, then ACTION. For us to ACT, we need to first of all THINK. This involves understanding the concept of circular economy, its applicability to local settings, in this case Zimbabwe and the opportunities it brings to the country as a whole, at city level, the entrepreneur, policy makers, the industry and the consumer
The Oxford Dictionary defines think as
Direct one’s mind towards something; use one’s mind actively to form connected ideas; take into account or consideration when deciding on a possible action
Although not a new concept, with a lot of research still ongoing on CE as well as, business models, policy resource flows etc. The knowledge base on the concept is still scarce in the Global South particularly even though initiatives do exist. The knowledge is limited to professionals in industry, businesses and policymakers. Circular economy demands waste reduction as well as new product development and inter collaboration of sectors for the consumption of the products. Yet every industry has one thing in common- the consumer. How then can we ask the consumer to; for example separate organic waste at household level or embrace a new product without the understanding of the concept?
Similar to the principles of circular economy is sustainability. The aim of transforming the food production system into a circular economy fits in with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that were adopted by the United Nations in 2015. Food is an important SDG theme; promoting a circular economy in the food production system can help to achieve various SDGs.
- SDG 2: Ending hunger in the world, achieving food security and sustainable agriculture ensuring good health and well-being
- SDG 3: halving the amount of food wasted
- SDG 12.3: efficiently managing natural and other resources in consumption and production
- SDG 12: reducing marine pollution
- SDG 14.1;SDG 15.3: halting land degradation worldwide