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France and FAO agree on need to cut food waste

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FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva meeting with H. E. Stéphane Le Foll, France’s Minister of Agriculture, Agribusiness and Forestry. FAO Conference, 38th Session, FAO headquarters.

19 juin 2013, Rome, Italy - Stéphane Le Foll, France’s Minister of Agriculture, Agribusiness and Forestry and FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva have agreed on the need to work to cut food waste and losses, currently amounting to one third of annual world production.

Le Foll told the Graziano da Silva that France recently introduced a National Pact against food waste aimed at halving the amount of food thrown away or lost in the country every year He met with the Director-General yesterday during the 38th session of FAO’s governing Conference taking place here from June 15-22.

Also discussed was the High Level Ministerial Meeting on global food security governance and food price volatility due to take place during the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) to be held in Rome next October. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is expected to attend.

Le Foll and Graziano da Silva reviewed the work of the Agricultural Markets Information System (AMIS), set up during the G20 held in Paris in 2011, and agreed AMIS represents a key element in the global governance of food security. Also discussed was FAO’s Medium Term Plan for 2014-2017 and the Organization’s Programme of Work and Budget for the 2014-2015 biennium, which being presented for approval by the FAO Conference.

Another topic raised in the talks was the development in France, Europe and the world of the scientific discipline of agroecology -- the application of ecology to the design and management of sustainable agricultural production systems.

Click here to listen to H.E. Stephane Le Foll.