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May 2014

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by Robert van Otterdijk, Team Leader SAVE FOOD
FAO and Messe Düsseldorf open the two-day International Congress on food loss and waste for the public and private sector. Focus on fruits and vegetables, fish, cereals, milk, roots and tubers.


Ministerial session at FAO Regional Conference for Europe calls for private and public sector action – and consumer behaviour change.

Food Waste Reduction Alliance
An alliance of food manufacturers, retailers, and foodservice operators has announced the release of a toolkit to help businesses in the food sector reduce the amount of food waste sent to landfill.

House of Lords – EU Committee
The House of Lords EU Committee has released the “Counting the Cost of Food Waste” report, raising some big issues that are critical to tackling the global problem of food waste.

Delhi’s Azadpur Subzi Mandi is one of Asia’s biggest produce wholesale hubs, a massive distribution centre for fresh fruit and vegetables cultivated across India.

Partners actions

The Global Food Banking Network
The H-E-B/GFN Food Bank Leadership Institute (FBLI) is a unique and successful global forum for education, technical training and best practice sharing for those involved in food banking.

Future survival of human civilization will depend on cutting food losses and waste

by Selina Juul, Founder of Stop Wasting Food movement Denmark
FAO estimates, that already in 2050, we need to produce 70 percent more food comparing to today, in order to be able to feed the entire human population.

Lisbon – First capital zero waste

FAO colleague Ana Muller reports on the SAVE FOOD partner NGO DariAcordar and its Zero Waste Movement that signed a protocol with Lisbon Municipality and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to expand activities.


7–8 May
Düsseldorf, Germany
At Interpack 2014, SAVE FOOD once again presents itself with a congress featuring an international cast, during which various players are brought together in a targeted dialogue.

9 May
Düsseldorf, Germany
The second Regional FUSIONS Platform meeting in Düsseldorf will be subsequent to the SAVE FOOD Conference and connected to the Interpack 2014.

9 May
Düsseldorf, Germany
FAO Forestry Department is organizing a special event "Bio-based Packaging: a Green Food Saver".

12–13 May
Athens, Greece
The main focus of this workshop is the valorisation of what is presently defined by FAO (2013) as food wastages.

16 June
Berne, Switzerland


Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction

FAO Projects

FAO project on food losses in fisheries

Project of support to strengthen the capacity and the regulatory framework for the prevention and reduction of post-harvest losses of fishery products in Ivory Coast.

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The Flexico group’s expertise in providing technical, industrial solutions for innovative, flexible and resealable packaging is recognised worldwide and contributes to save food.

Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute – MARDI

MARDI is a statutory body which has been mandated to conduct research in agriculture, food and agro-based industries.


Unilever portfolio ranges from nutritionally balanced foods to indulgent ice creams, affordable soaps, luxurious shampoos and everyday household care products.


It is the world’s first Open Innovation Platform that uses Crowd Sourcing, Crowd Voting and Crowd Funding to create radical Innovation for Sustainability.

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