On 1-2 July, in Lyon, France - six months before the 21st
Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - the World Summit on Climate and Territories for non-state actors highlighted the importance of adopting a territorial perspective on climate and underlined the relevance of preventing and reducing food loss and waste worldwide. Read more...
In the context of Expo Milano 2015, the European Commission is pleased to invite you to an international conference on "Fight Food Waste, Feed the Planet". The conference will take place on 15 October 2015 at the Expo Conference Centre, in Milan, Italy. "Fight Food Waste, Feed the Planet" aims to contribute to the setting of European Union (EU) and global directions for food waste prevention, focusing on the importance of effective intersect or cooperation from farm to fork. The deadline for registration is 21 September 2015. Read more...
The Community of Practice (CoP) discussion on "Mapping the activities on post-harvest management (PHM) of CoP members at the country level" is entering its second month. An overview of the information collected so far is available online on the Forum page. Read more...
A two-day, multi-stakeholder regional consultation was convened by FAO's Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific on 6-7 July 2015 in Bangkok to review progress and share knowledge, experiences and lessons learned on reducing food loss and waste in the region. Participants discussed a draft strategy on food loss and waste reduction, and provided inputs and recommendations on tailoring the strategy to the needs of the region. Read more...
Food losses and waste (FL&W) in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) region are high and contribute to reduced food availability, aggravated water scarcity, adverse environmental impacts and increased food imports, in an already highly import-dependent region. This document outlines a Regional Strategic Framework for reducing food losses and waste in the region. Read more...
In rural areas, pro-poor public investments could target small-scale irrigation and other infrastructure that benefits smallholders. Investments could include food processing to reduce post-harvest waste and losses, and stronger institutional arrangements for land and water tenure, credit facilities, labour legislation and other areas, to make farm and off-farm activities and markets accessible to marginalized groups, including women and young people. Read more...
The principal objectives of the Information Network on Post-harvest Operations (INPhO) are to promote best practice in post-harvest activities for agricultural products and to assist the expansion of agribusiness by providing easy access to technical data and information. The INPho site has recently undergone changes in its format and content to enhance the presentation and accessibility of the information available. Read more...
The 193 Member States of the United Nations reached agreement on the draft outcome document that will constitute the new sustainable development agenda. The agenda features 17 new sustainable development goals. "Half per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer level, and reduce food losses along production and supply chains" is part of Goal 12: "Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns". Read more...
BASF, the multinational chemical manufacturing corporation, is celebrating its 150th anniversary in São Paulo, Brazil. FAO's Director-General, Mr Graziano, will deliver a presentation on the theme "Food Losses and Waste" during this occasion on 17 August. Read more...
United States Department of Agriculture
The Global Sustainability Summit will put the spotlight on innovations in food waste reduction. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) invites you to showcase your innovations and meet fellow innovators, food waste reduction advocates and senior-level executives from the United States of America's leading food retailers and manufacturers. The summit runs from 19 to 21 August 2015. Read more...
Storage losses affect mainly the South: in 2011, the World Bank noted that "The world seems to have forgotten the importance of post-harvest food losses in the African grain sector". Overconsumption and waste affect mainly the North. Read more...
At the final of Food Saving BEC - a worldwide competition organized by Expo 2015 and Bocconi University, Milan, Italy - 35 students from 13 countries presented their ideas on new ways of reducing food waste. Read more...
United Nations at Expo 2015
During this session on the United Nations' presence at Expo 2015, held in Milan, Italy from 12 to 14 July, Robert van Otterdijk, Agro-Industry Officer, Rural Infrastructure and Industries Division of FAO, participated in a round table on "Sustainable production and consumption: Avoiding food losses and food waste in the supply chain". Read more...
The 2013 Annual Report of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) indicates that despite an explosion in the growth of urban slums over the last decade, 76 per cent of the developing world's 1.4 billion extremely poor people still live in rural areas. Most of the rural poor are smallholder farmers who depend on agriculture to make a living and feed their families. Read more...
The Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) has launched a new Web page on the activities of post-harvest management projects in sub-Saharan Africa.
Feedback, a global environmental organization based in the United Kingdom, has launched a new campaign against food waste, directed to Europe's major retailers: STOP DUMPING.
Using Food Cloud's innovative technology, Tesco has donated one million meals to charities across Ireland over the past 12 months. This is a fantastic achievement and Food Cloud is proud of the communities across Ireland that have come together to make it happen.
The Food for All Ghana Campaign presents the 1st West African Food for All Conference on 13-16 October in Accra. The conference will feature awards, an exhibition and an attempt to set a Guinness World record. Discussions will cover the latest knowledge, developments and solutions for food waste and explore innovative ways of reducing waste and reusing or recycling food for social benefit.
The Belgian Foodwe platform won the European Waste Reduction Week prize in May 2015. The theme of this year was "reducing food wastage", and close to 12 000 projects from Europe were presented. The project is supported by Belgian farmers' federations, producers and propose them the opportunity to donate or sell their unsold but safe-to-eat product to charities.
OzHarvest has fed ten thousand people across Australia using the United Nations' Think.Eat.Save events to fight food waste.
Over the last five years, food waste in Denmark has declined by DKr 4.4 billion (US$640 million), equivalent to 25 percent.
The Food Battle 2.0 campaign is a successful group approach to preventing food waste. Wageningen University's Food and Biobased Research Department in the Netherlands runs Food Battle, which will be made accessible to a wider audience towards the end of the year.
São Paulo, Brazil
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA
Sekwele Business Agency's vision is to create an enabling environment for farmers to succeed in their production enterprises through access to the necessary equipment technologies and infrastructure.
The main objective of Yume is to facilitate connection between those with surplus or unsold food and those who need access to food. This includes the millions of Aussies who struggle to find a decent feed on a daily basis.
412 Food Rescue works with food retailers, wholesalers, restaurants, caterers, universities and other food providers to rescue un-sellable but perfectly good food.
ISRA is working on economic analysis of post-harvest losses in cereal and its consequences on the rural households food safety in Senegal: case of rice, millet, maize and fonio".
AgriProFocus is a platform where to share best practises and knowledge on dealing with challenges of food loss.
Myclimate is a partner for effective climate protection - both locally and globally.