To HPLE Steering Committee
It’s my pleasure to contribute to this e-consultation.
I agree with the previous contributors that there is a great need to define and differentiate waste (prevalent in industrialized nations) from loss (prevalent in developing countries) in order to design the right interventions to address each one of them. In my opinion, the issue of waste can be addressed fairly readily through education programs.
My comments are focused on addressing food losses as they have a great impact in areas of highest food insecurity. Much of the loss in these areas is caused by the following:
The conglomeration of these issues results in high losses after harvest and low motivation for farmers to produce more.
The current focus on increasing agricultural productivity is not enough the improve food security, especially as it is already constrained by diminishing natural resources (land, water, and energy) and climate change. Investment in downstream post-harvest activities is necessary. An effective value chain approach that emphasizes linking farmers to markets is essential. This can be achieved through development of technologies and policies that support investment in market and trade opportunities.
Suggested next steps
This consultation is a good first step to initiate a formal dialogue among leading experts and stakeholders on food waste and losses. Lately, several initiatives have been established by different organizations to help reduce losses. There is need to integrate the initiatives in order to maximize use of resources, avoid redundancy in programs, and encourage cooperation.
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