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The Think.Eat.Save Guidance Version 1.0 is a new tool developed by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) from UK for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The Guidance V1.0 is part of SAVE FOOD Initiative and FAO-UNEP Sustainable Food Systems Programme. It is focused on designing effective food waste prevention programmes with governments, local authorities, private companies, institutions and civil society – for the retail, hospitality and food service supply chains.

Interested in piloting the Guidance V1.0? Please contact save-food@fao.org


SAVE FOOD linked OzHarvest (Australia), Stop Wasting Food movement Denmark, DariAcordar (Portugal) and Society of St Vincent de Paul-Portland Council (USA) to facilitate know-how transfer. Collaboration and coordination of worldwide initiatives on food loss and waste reduction is one of the 4 pillars of SAVE FOOD.

An estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of food are lost per year – to about one-third of all food produced. This figure includes post-harvest fish losses, which tend to be greater in small-scale fisheries. Improved handling, processing and value-addition methods could address the technical aspects of this issue, but it is also vital to extend good practices, build partnerships, raise awareness, and develop capacity and relevant policies and strategies.

A new cross-cutting project “Meeting urban food needs” has been launched by FAO (Strategic Framework) focusing on the efficiency, sustainability and inclusiveness of local systems feeding urban areas and on the role of local government authorities. Ample academic partnership opportunities exist.
See the official news in:  Rural Infrastructure and Agro-Industries Division

European Commission
Cross- and sector-specific initiatives to reduce waste and increased efficiency of natural resources use are encouraged by the EU Stakeholder Dialogue Group on Food Sustainability in a Joint Declaration on Actions towards a more sustainable European food chain.

Council of the European Union
The change recently proposed to the EU’s Agriculture and Fisheries Council, seeks to limit the amount of food unnecessarily thrown away by Europeans due to misunderstandings about what the “best before” labels actually mean. The letter was drafted and supported by the Netherlands, Sweden, Austria, Denmark, Germany and Luxembourg delegations to the EU.

Article by Ben Cooper where Robert van Otterdijk (FAO Agro-Industry Officer) talks about SAVE FOOD food loss research methodology.

Natural Resources Defense Council
Food is simply too good to waste. Even the most sustainably farmed food does us no good if the food is never eaten.

COST – European Cooperation in Science and Technology and SAVE FOOD
Main focus of this workshop was valorisation of what is presently defined by FAO (2013) as food waste from the perspective of the three “Rs” (reduce, reuse and recycle). Camelia Bucatariu (FAO Policy development Consultant) presented on Prevention and reduction of food loss and waste in support of sustainable food systems.

Partners actions

Measuring corporate reputation to understand the expectations of civil society and business partners

Tetra Pak
Tetra Pak is running a survey to better understand what is expected today from a leading food & beverage company when it comes to brand promise and responsible business. Take the survey and make your voice heard.


3–5 June
Rue Bara, Brussels
The theme will be circular economy, resource efficiency and waste.

5 June,
WED is the opportunity for everyone to realize the responsibility to care for the Earth and to become agents of change. World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment.

17–19 June
Cape Town, South Africa
A FAO-hosted Session to be held on the second day of the IFAMA World Forum 2014.

Field studies

Kenya food loss assessments


SAVE FOOD Congress 2014

Infographic story

Info-Graphic Story

(a selection)

Yes FOOD Can

Yes FOOD Can aims at identifying and highlighting innovative solutions and change makers working to reduce losses at different stages of the food chain.


SMEFUNDS, is an International NGO fighting to end poverty through the promotion of sustainable enterprise development in Africa.


OzHarvest (Australia) is a non-denominational charity that rescues excess food which would otherwise be discarded and delivers it to people in need for free.

Society of St Vincent de Paul-Portland Council (USA)

Redistributes recovered prepared food to community food pantries and feeding programs.

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