FAO, partners, urge greater push to reduce food losses and waste

FAO, partners, urge greater push to reduce food losses and waste

13/06/2012

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and key partners are calling on companies and organizations worldwide to join in the SAVE FOOD initiative, a global effort designed to cut down on food losses and waste.

Established in 2011, SAVE FOOD, the Global Initiative on Food Losses and Waste Reduction, aims to reduce the estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of food that is lost or wasted every year. Annual losses are valued at nearly one trillion U.S. dollars.

The Save Food campaign currently has over 50 partners. FAO, together with Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, a trade fair organizer, and Interpack, a trade fair for packaging and processes, are calling for new private sector partners as well as non-profit organizations involved throughout the food supply chain to join the effort and contribute their expertise.

New technologies, better practices, coordination, and investments in infrastructure — from food production to consumption — are critical to reducing food losses and waste.