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SAVE FOOD: Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction

Community of Practice on Food Loss Reduction

At the 2015 annual SAVE FOOD Meeting, held in Vevey (Switzerland / 12 May 2015),...
A Guest commentary by Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development...
The CoP member Rex Raimond, Senior Mediator and Program Director of Meridian Institute, presents the...
Kinshasa, 6 April 2016: eight artisans selected and designated by producers groups, administrators of warehouses...
In countries where post-harvest losses have been proven to be high and, in some cases,...

In being a member of the Community of Practice you will access the Forum, and participate in on-line discussions, get in touch with other practitioners, share and request relevant and updated information, contribute in building up a worldwide community aimed at reducing food losses and achieving food security.

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This Community of Practice on food loss reduction has been launched in the framework of an UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and World Food Programme (WFP) joint project “Mainstreaming food loss reduction initiatives for smallholders in food deficit areas” funded by the Swiss Government (more).

Reducing food loss and waste can contribute to food security and sustainability. Measuring food loss and waste, identifying where in the food system it occurs, and developing effective policies along the value chain are essential first steps toward addressing the problem. This is a book chapter from the 2016 Global Food Policy Report of IFPRI.

FAO, IFAD and WFP in occasion of the International Year of Cooperative developed an Issue Brief dedicated to the role of producer organizations and cooperatives in reducing food loss and waste and related recommendations.

The YieldWise initiative, launched by Rockefeller Foundation, aims to demonstrate how the world can cut food waste and loss by half by 2030. This is the next chapter of The Rockefeller Foundation’s agriculture and food security work, which has spanned more than a century and several continents. Click here for more details.

A significant technical contribution to preventing losses in the post-harvest phase of grains and cereals. It is designed as a training manual for constructing, using and handling family-sized metal silos. It is aimed at farmers who produce basic grains and cereals for their own consumption for their food security and at tinsmiths, blacksmiths and other craftsmen who can construct them and adapt them easily to make silos of different capacities.


FAO and Messe Düsseldorf are collaborating with donors, bi- and multi-lateral agencies and financial institutions and private sector partners (the food packaging industry and others) to develop and implement the programme on food loss and waste reduction.



The Technical Platform ensures information-sharing and in-depth discussion. It builds on, and complements existing initiatives such as the FAO Global Initiative on FLW; the private sector “SAVE FOOD” programme; the Community of Practice on Food Loss (FL) Reduction; the Food Loss and Waste Protocol and Standard; and IFPRI’s Policies, Institutions and Markets (PIM) CGIAR Research Program (which includes an initiative on FLW under the Value Chain Flagship).