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SAVE FOOD Newsletter
SAVE FOOD Newsletter
  November 2017, Issue #49

SAVE FOOD: Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction

Latest News


SAVE FOOD launched in China

As a major agricultural producer and consumer in the world, China faces a food loss and waste problem that cannot be neglected while the country moves toward urbanization. According to data from China's State Administration of Grain in 2014, 35 percent of China's annual food production was lost or wasted. To combat China’s vast food waste problem, as well as food loss within the country and the broader region and world, the SAVE FOOD Initiative was launched in Shanghai on November 8, 2017 during Shanghai World of Packaging (SWOP) – a leading packaging trade fair. More than 200 delegates from the food processing and packaging sectors attended the meeting and discussed in depth how to reduce food loss and waste through advanced processing and packaging technologies, innovative packaging materials and processing across the entire industry chain. + READ MORE


FAO and partners organised Agriculture Action Day at COP23

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The Agriculture Action Day took place on 10 November 2017, in Bonn, Germany, on the sidelines of the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It was organised by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and a wide group of partners including the Government of New Zealand, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the United Nations Development Programme. The Action Day also included interventions from high-level delegates from the governments of Fiji and Ethiopia. + READ MORE

FAO study sheds light on consumer-level fruit and vegetable waste in The Phillipines 

In North America and Europe, relatively frequent examinations of consumer-level food waste have led to some progress in developing programmes to address food waste reduction and prevention in recent years. In the developing world, on the other hand, research is highly focused on addressing the problem of reducing post-harvest loss. A recent study commissioned by FAO, and conducted by the Post-harvest Training and Research Center (PHTRC) of the University of the Philippines, Los Bano, assessed the extent of, and underlying causes of fruit and vegetable waste in urban and peri-urban provinces in the country. + READ MORE 

Fishery and aquaculture experts call for the levelling up of sector processes and infrastructure to curb food loss and waste in Russia

At the Global Fishery Forum held recently in St. Petersburg, Russia, food loss and waste in Russia’s fisheries and aquaculture sectors were discussed by experts. During a forum organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) entitled “Fight waste and losses in fisheries and aquaculture: practice and approaches”, participants highlighted the need for greater awareness raising of the scale and acuteness of the loss and waste problem affecting the fisheries and aquaculture sector in Russia. As a first step, they called for deeper engagement with Russian policy-makers, industry executives, the media and the public at large. They also recommended that the Russian Government develop a comprehensive strategy on the reduction and elimination of loss and waste in fisheries and aquaculture - in line with the 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development.+ READ MORE 

SAVE FOOD joins latest climate change talks 

The 23rd annual session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 23) began on 6 November and will continue to 17 November.Thousands of delegates are currently in Bonn for the latest round of the international climate negotiations. SAVE FOOD is one of the cooperative initiatives to what is known as the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action. During the conference, FAO showcased its progress since COP21, and highlighted how food loss and waste reduction can play an important role in accelerating global climate action. + READ MORE

SAVE FOOD for a better climate - Converting the food loss and waste challenge into climate action 

A new FAO publication probing the linkages between Food Loss and Waste (FLW) and climate change was launched at the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 23) on Friday, 10 November in Bonn. ‘SAVE FOOD for a better climate – Converting the food loss and waste challenge into climate action’ aims to inform on the interrelationship between food loss and waste and climate change. In the publication, FAO discusses recent actions and global frameworks for addressing climate change, particularly how they have been incorporated into national priorities and targets. + READ MORE


The private sector can play a catalytic role in reducing food loss and waste and transforming food systems. As tastemakers and harbingers of consumer habits, companies often stand somewhere between the consumer, food waste and its prevention. Given the crucial role of the packaging sector in particular, SAVE FOOD spoke with Irina Mirochnik President of the IMMER Group, one of the world’s largest producers of flexible packaging and an active member of the Initiative, on the role of packaging in reducing FLW. + READ MORE

Food waste solutions to be highlighted at the European Week for Waste Reduction

The European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) is an initiative that promotes the implementation of awareness-raising actions for sustainable resource and waste management. Funded by European Commission’s LIFE+ Programme, EWWR 2017 will be convened during the period 18 to 26 November. The main objectives of the event are to promote waste reduction, product reuse and material recycling strategies and policies, to highlight the accomplishments of EWWR participants and to mobilise European citizens for action on waste reduction. + READ MORE

Global Knowledge Initiative publishes new report on the role of innovation in transforming food systems in emerging markets 

The Global Knowledge Initiative (GKI), with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, has published a report examining how innovation can help improve food systems in emerging markets over the next 20 years. Recognizing the profound, large-scale changes happening around the world and the staggering amount of food that is lost on its way from farm to market, a team of GKI researchers set off to uncover the innovations most aptly suited to support humanity in feeding its growing population in a sustainable way. + READ MORE 

FAO and AfDB to host high-level ministerial dialogue to support post-harvest losses reduction and agro-processing (PHAP)

The estimated monetary value of annual quantitative PHL of cereal grains, roots and tuber crops, fruits and vegetables, meat, milk and fish in Africa is estimated at US$ 48 billion. To explore this and other related issues, the African Development Bank, in collaboration with FAO, is organising a High Level Ministerial Dialogue on Post-Harvest Losses Reduction and Agro-Processing (PHAP), to be held in Abidjan on 21-22 November 2017. + READ MORE


Publication and Video

SAVE FOOD for a better climate : Converting the food loss and waste challenge into climate action 

What's in a date? (Video)
European Food Information Council


Post-harvest Loss Information Package


Food loss in grain value chains 


Food packaging and processing  Exposyum 

Nairobi, Kenya 21-23 November - This year's FPPE will offer organised business to business meetings and a CEO Breakfast for exhibitors. There are reduced participation fees for German exhibitors.

European Week for Waste Reduction  

8-26 November - The European Week for Waste Reduction aims to mobilise as many actors as possible to implement awareness raising actions on waste reduction, product reuse and materials recycling. 

Deeper considerations: An interactive review of post-harvest loss innovations for nutrition 

Washington, USA 29 November - Interactive half day workshop hosted by GAIN - Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition.


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