Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (REU)

Ministers to discuss food losses and waste in the region

FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva meets the press at the previous regional conference, in 2012 in BakuGiven the prevalence of hunger and malnutrition in many countries, the question of food losses and waste is in the spotlight now more than ever.

Ministers of Agriculture and other delegates from FAO member nations from Europe and Central Asia will debate the issue at a special Ministerial Round Table at FAO’s biannual Regional Conference for Europe, taking place from 2 to 4 April 2014 in Bucharest, Romania.

Documentation prepared for the session by FAO experts will look at the underlying causes of food losses and waste along selected food supply chains in developing countries of Europe and Central Asia.  Round Table participants will review country case studies and analysis of critical loss points along the priority food supply chains.  Delegates will discuss and possibly endorse recommended policy responses for reducing food losses and waste at national and regional level. 

Also on the agenda of this year’s Regional Conference:

  • the state of food and agriculture in Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia
  • the International Year of Family Farming
  • priorities for FAO’s work in the region
  • the FAO network of country offices in the region, and more.

“Regional Conference Week” in Bucharest also includes a consultation of nongovernmental and civil society organizations (29-30 March), a “multi-stakeholder dialogue" on the work of the Committee on World Food Security (31 March), and the 38th session of the European Commission on Agriculture (1-2 April).  Background documents for the Regional Conference and other sessions are posted online as they become available.  Learn more about Regional Conference Week 2014 here.

18 February 2014, Budapest, Hungary