FAO Conference for the Near East

FAO Near East Conference plans to halve food waste in 10 years

18/05/2012

Countries also call on FAO to develop a regional trust fund for food security - FAO's 31st Regional Conference for the Near East today called for a 50 percent reduction of food losses and food waste in the region in order to improve regional food security.

Concluding a week-long session here, the Conference called on FAO to assist its Member Countries in drawing up a plan to halve the amount food they currently lose or waste in the next ten years.

Annual losses in grains are estimated at more than 16 million tonnes across the region. Some 15 percent of vegetables and legumes and more than 30 percent of perishable foods such as fruit, vegetables, dairy products, meat and fish are also wasted annually.