This research report seeks to understand the large scale impact on minimizing food waste if Annakshetra was to be instituted throughout Rajasthan. By taking data collected by Annakshetra and applying those numbers to fit every city in Rajasthan, it is possible to calculate how beneficial food waste reduction practices would have on India.

Firstly, it is important to understand how great of an impact Annakshetra has already had on Jaipur. Since its conception eight years ago, Annakshetra has saved 4,010,079 meals from being wasted. Recycling such a large number of meals has had plentiful effects on the environment. Annakshetra has saved 1,575 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) from being emitted, preserved 512,087.0883 feet2 of land, prevented 2,670,008,857 litres of water from being wasted, and has kept 15,238,300.2 tons of greenhouse gases from polluting Jaipur’s air. If Annakshetra was to expand throughout Rajasthan, these numbers would be even larger.

 

 

In order to calculate the impact that a state-wide operation of Annakshetra could create, I first needed to scale the starting numbers (the statistics listed above) to fit each Rajasthani city and their populations. To do this, I took the population of Jaipur (3,750,000) and divided it against the population of every other city. To elaborate, I divided the population of Jodhpur (1,483,729.23), divided it by 3,750,000 and received the percentage 37%, meaning that the population of Jodhpur was 37% the size of the population of Jaipur. As such, when calculating the potential impact of Annakshetra in Jodhpur, I multiplied each starting number by 0.37. I did this for all 23 cities in Rajasthan. The complete list, alongside their percentages, can be found in Figure 1 below.

 

Following these calculations, I then scaled all of Annakshetra’s statistics to fit the size of each city. I calculated the potential number of meals that would be saved, the tons of CO2 that would no longer be emitted, the square feet of land preserved, the litres of water that wouldn’t be wasted, and the tons of greenhouse gases that would no longer be polluted. I did this by multiplying each city's percentage (again, for example, Jodhpur’s 0.37) with the starting numbers from Jaipur. This allowed me to understand how much of an impact Annakshetra would have had in each Rajasthani city in the past eight years. I noted down the numbers for each individual city (see Figure 1), and added up the totals for each city so that readers would have an understanding of the state-wide impact as well. Again, these total numbers are highlighted in Figure 1 as well.

 

 

 

 

If Annakshetra was to spread to every city in Rajasthan, by 2026, there would be drastic changes to the environment. An additional 8,381,065.11 meals would be saved. As a consequence, 3,291.75 tons of CO2 pollution would be saved, 1,070,261.95 feet2 of land would be preserved, 5,580,318,511.13 litres of water would be saved, and 31,848,047.41 tons of greenhouse gases would no longer be polluted. These conservation measures would greatly help India in protecting its environment: the air would be cleaner, there would be more room to grow crops, energy would be preserved, and climate change as a whole would be lesser of a concern.

 

The numbers listed above do not include Jaipur, as the effects of Annakshetra have already been presented in this city. However, if Jaipur’s statistics were to be added into the projections for 2026, the positive effect of Annakshetra would only be strengthened. As climate change has become a critical and pressing issue of the 21st century, Annakshetra offers a unique and innovative approach to reducing the unnecessary waste and pollution each country produces. The projected numbers make it clearly evident that instituting Annakshetra on a statewide level would have tangible and sustainable impacts on the degenerating environment.

 

 

 

Ultimately, the benefits of an organization like Annakshetra are clear. In reducing the amount of food waste an Indian city creates, the environment is strengthened. This conclusively allows for more social and economic growth as well, as a strong environment would create more crops, jobs, and avenues to the advancement of Indians. It is highly recommended that Annakshetra expand its practices to Rajasthan and beyond; India has the potential to reverse the environmental damages the country is undergoing, and this opportunity comes not a second too soon.

 

Figure 1. Chart highlighting the projected impacts of Annakshetra in each Rajasthani city.

 

 

 

Cities and percentage multiplied to scale numbers

Total meals saved in 8 years

Total tons of CO2 saved in 8 years

Total square feet of land saved in 8 years

Total liters of water saved in 8 years

Total tons of greenhouse gases saved in 8 years

Jodphur - 0.37

1,483,729.23

582.75

189,472.22

987,903,277.09

5,638,171.074

Kota - 0.35

1,403,527.65

551.25

179,230.48

934,503,099.95

5,333,405.07

Bikaner - 0.2

802,015.8

315

102,417.41

534,001,771.4

3,047,660.04

Ajmer - 0.17

681,713.43

267.75

87,054.8

453,901,505.69

2,590,511.034

Udaipur - 0.14

561,411.06

220.5

71,692.19

373,801,239.98

2,133,362.028

Bhilwara - 0.10

401,007.9

157.5

51,208.7

267,000,885.7

1,523,830.02

Alwar - 0.10

401,007.9

157.5

51,208.7

267,000,885.7

1,523,830.02

Bharatpur - 0.08

320,806.32

126

40,966.97

213,600,708.56

1,219,064.016

Sikar - 0.07

280,705.53

110.25

35,846.09

186,900,619.99

1066681.01

Sri Ganganagar - 0.06

240,604.74

94.5

30,725.23

160,200,531.42

914,298.01

Pali - 0.06

240,604.74

94.5

30,725.23

160,200,531.42

914,298.01

Chittorgarh - 0.05

200,503.95

78.75

25,604.35

133,500,442.85

761,915.01

Tonk- 0.04

160,403.16

63

20,483.48

106,800,354.28

609,532.008

Kishangarh - 0.04

160,403.16

63

20,483.48

106,800,354.28

609,532.008

Beawar - 0.04

160,403.16

63

20,483.48

106,800,354.28

609,532.008

Hanumangarh - 0.04

160,403.16

63

20,483.48

106,800,354.28

609,532.008

Dholpur - 0.04

160,403.16

63

20,483.48

106,800,354.28

609,532.008

Gangapur city - 0.03

120,302.37

47.25

15,362.61

80,100,265.71

457,149.006

Sawai Madhopur - 0.03

120,302.37

47.25

15,362.61

80,100,265.71

457,149.006

Churu - 0.03

120,302.37

47.25

15,362.61

80,100,265.71

457,149.006

Jhunjhunu - 0.03

120,302.37

47.25

15,362.61

80,100,265.71

457,149.006

Sardarshahar - 0.02

80,201.58

31.5

10,241.74

53,400,177.14

304,766.004

Total

8,381,065.11

meals saved in 8 years

3,291.75 tons of CO2 saved in 8 years

1,070,261.95square feet of land saved in 8 years

5,580,318,511.13 liters of water saved in 8 years

31,848,047.41 tons of greenhouse gases saved in 8 years

 

 

 

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