SAVE FOOD: Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction

Community of Practice on Food Loss Reduction


The “Mainstreaming food loss reduction initiatives for smallholders in food deficit areas” project, jointly implemented by the Rome-Based UN Agencies (RBA) FAO, IFAD, and WFP, funded by the Government of Switzerland aims to improve food security and income generation of smallholder farmers in food deficit areas through reduction of post-harvest food losses in targeted value chains.

By mobilizing the individual strengths of the three agencies, the joint project will have significant impact and influence in stimulating Member Countries to take action to reduce food losses and is expected to be a model for future collaboration and up-scaling of RBA collaboration. It will contribute both to the Agenda 2030 and to the Zero Hunger Challenge launched in June 2012, which includes zero loss or waste of food as one of its main elements.

A Phase 2 of the project started in mid 2017 and will last till 2020. For more information on the activities held during the Phase 1 (2014-17), click here.

The Phase 2 Project Outcomes will be as follows:

Outcome 1: Knowledge of the magnitude and sources of food losses and the methodology for food loss analyses expanded and good practice options for reducing post-harvest losses are compiled and disseminated through a reinforced, multi-language and fully functioning Community of Practice on food loss reduction (CoP) website. In addition, the web-based CoP directly linked to other initiatives and platforms dealing with food loss and waste reduction and measurement will ensure appropriate knowledge sharing.  Expansion to other RBA initiatives, as well as private sector ones, will be pursued.

Outcome 2: Improved post-harvest management within the targeted value chains are benefiting smallholder farmers in countries through the dissemination of results of food loss analyses and the experience of pilot food loss interventions undertaken in Phase 1.

Outcome 3: Policy and regulatory frameworks (policy, standards) on reducing food losses in food supply chains are developed and validated at national and regional levels. Especially, the Project supports to governments, upon their request, in the elaboration of PHL reduction polices and strategies based on activities undertaken under Output 2 and their validation through national workshops. This also includes support to ensure alignment and integration of PHL reduction policies and activities into national climate change plans such as the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) towards strengthened NDC implementation on adaptation and mitigation priorities related to food value chains.

Additional information on Phase 1 can be accessed at RBA Joint Project Information Package sub-page.