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SAVE FOOD Newsletter
SAVE FOOD Newsletter
  May 2017, Issue #44
SAVE FOOD: Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction

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SAVE FOOD Congress 2017: Multi-dimensional Approach to Fighting Food Losses and Waste

For its 3rd edition the SAVE FOOD Congress, held on 4 May 2017 at the Congress Center Süd of the Düsseldorf exhibition centre as part of interpack 2017, will pursue a multi-dimensional approach towards fighting food losses and waste. The speakers, coming from political circles, the food and packaging industries, retail, research and civil society, represent not only a global but also a comprehensive perspective on details and national conditions.

The congress will provide participants with a forum both for mutual exchange and for identifying and sharing best practices. Now in its sixth year, this initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Messe Düsseldorf boasts more than 850 members from industry, associations, research institutes and NGOs. + READ MORE

©FAO/Danfung Dennis

For the entire duration of interpack – from 4 to 10 May – trade fair visitors will be able to discover concrete solutions and approaches revolving around SAVE FOOD at the innovationparc.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), partner of the SAVE FOOD initiative, through the participation of its high-level representatives present at the Conference, will illustrate and discuss the projects and studies it has undertaken on the themes of food loss and waste reduction.

• Fighting food loss – case studies from India
Field case studies to assess losses as well as to identify causes and find solutions for losses in four selected food-supply chains in Andhra Pradesh, India in the rice, chickpea, milk and mango subsectors represent a key activity of the Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction. Robert van Otterdijk will share the results of a field study in India funded by the SAVE FOOD Initiative. + READ MORE

• Do Good – Save Food! FAO’s education material to raise awareness and reduce food waste at home and in schools
FAO is currently developing education material on the issue of food waste. The goal of this activity is to raise awareness among schoolchildren, teachers and staff and their families, and networks, on food loss and waste issues and to introduce good practices conducive to food waste reduction, with an expected long-term impact. + READ MORE

• The Community of Practice on Food Loss Reduction
A global and dynamic platform for sharing solutions, and facilitating stakeholders’ interactions by providing an online, moderated discussion forum and links to libraries, databases and repositories of material on post-harvest management and food loss reduction – including project documents, reports, policy and technical briefs, e-learning modules, events and social media. + READ MORE

• Food Loss reduction Initiatives for smallholders in Africa
The “Mainstreaming food loss reduction initiatives for smallholders in food deficit areas” project, 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 opportunities through the reduction of food losses in supported food grains and pulses value chains. + READ MORE

• Reducing post-harvest losses in traditional fresh produce supply chains in South Asia
In South Asia the levels of post-harvest losses in fruits and vegetables are high. An underlying cause of these losses is the limited awareness and knowledge base of stakeholders in the traditional supply chains, where these losses occur. These high levels of losses also negatively impact on food availability, food security and nutrition. + READ MORE

• Post-harvest loss reduction in smoked fish value chains in tropical countries: a review of a market access-driven intervention and prospects for developing countries
Smoking and drying are important fish-processing methods for small-scale fisheries in countries located around the tropics. FAO is helping to reduce health hazards, improve food safety and quality, improve working conditions and reduce food losses in West African fishing villages. + READ MORE

Democratic Republic of the Congo: experts meet to discuss the development of post-harvest loss management policy and strategy

Food losses are a major issue in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), due to the deficiencies in the post-harvest infrastructure, and the technologies and capacities that affect the country's agricultural sector. On 6 April 2017, key stakeholders met at a workshop in Kinshasa to discuss technical, policy and strategic orientations and recommendations for food loss reduction in the country. + READ MORE

Towards the development of post-harvest management policy and strategy in Burkina Faso

On 15 March 2017, key stakeholders met in Ouagadougou to discuss technical, policy and strategic orientations and recommendations on post-harvest loss management within the agricultural policy framework of Burkina Faso. The workshop gathered together representatives from the Agriculture and Water Resources Ministry, professional organizations, research institutions and universities. The event was facilitated by FAO, IFAD and WFP. + READ MORE

SAVE FOOD only Successful with Combined Efforts
Interview with Bernd Jablonowski

In an interview, Bernd Jablonowski, Global Portfolio Director of Processing and Packaging at Messe Düsseldorf, illustrates the key role played here by the SAVE FOOD Initiative, and highlights new solutions in the packaging industry. + READ MORE


SAVE FOOD Congress 2017
Düsseldorf, Germany, 4 – 10 May 2017
At the international SAVE FOOD Congress on 4 May 2017 speakers from business, science and political spheres and civil society will get together to shed some light on the various facets of the food waste problem.

Feeding the 5000 LA
Los Angeles, California, 4 May 2017
Hosted by Feedback and LA Kitchen, with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, and joined by organizations fighting food waste and hunger across the city including LA Food Policy CouncilFood ForwardFood FindersKiss the Ground and Waste Not Want Not Now.

Circular Economy Workshop – Towards mitigating climate change
Guelph, Canada, 5 May 2017
The topic on “Food wastes as raw materials for new industrial products” will be covered during the workshop.

28th Meeting of the ACP-EU Economic and Social Interest Groups
Brussels, Belgium, 15 – 16 May 2017
Multi-stakeholder conference connecting champions of food waste reduction and valorisation.

REFRESH Food Waste 2017
Berlin, Germany 18 – 19 May 2017
Multi-stakeholder conference connecting champions of food waste reduction and valorisation.

Third Regional Dialogue for Food Losses and Waste Prevention
Santiago, Chile 6 – 8 June 2017
This event seeks to strengthen the exchange of experiences and solutions among the actors in the food system in relation to the management of food loss and waste.



Global food losses and food waste
Appropriate food packaging solutions for developing countries
A Regional Strategy for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization. Sustainable Mechanization across Agri-Food Chains in Asia and the Pacific region
Guide for developing and using the FAO-Thiaroye processing technique


Do Good Save Food! Together we can fight food waste: 9 easy tips This flyer conveys key messages and tips to consumers - and in particular children - to reduce food waste.


FOOD IS LIFE - we need to reduce food loss and food waste in Timor-Leste
Empowering smallholder farmers to reduce post-harvest loss

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