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SAVE FOOD: Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction
SAVE FOOD Partners' Action
Partners' action

  August 2017, Issue #20
SAVE FOOD: Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction

Latest News from Partners

SAVE FOOD Initiative is happy to share with you a collection of the recent partners’ action!

Currently, the SAVE FOOD network has more than 900 partners-public and private, big and small – from all regions of the world, and in all sectors and subsectors of food systems. SAVE FOOD connects these varied partners creating collaboration, sharing problems, solutions and resources on food loss and waste reduction.

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Partnering towards zero hunger and sustainability

The Multipartner Programme Support Mechanism (FMM) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is an innovative fund for partners willing to contribute to FAO’s work through un-earmarked or slightly earmarked funds. The funds are used strategically to support progress towards a world without hunger or poverty, and where natural resources are used sustainably. The brochure is intended as a communication and advocacy tool for the FMM with the wider objective of increasing visibility and support for the FMM both internally and externally, in particular among resource partners. The brochure will draw information on results achieved by projects supported by the FMM since 2011. Activities funded by the FMM play an important part in FAO’s delivery of its Programme of Work and Budget. During the 2014-2015 biennium, FMM projects contributed to eight FAO outcomes under the first four Strategic Objectives. With FMM support, FAO set up the SAVE FOOD Initiative, a unique partnership that counts more than 900 companies and organizations active in food loss and waste reduction. + READ MORE

Crop Post-harvest Scientist position at NRI

Reducing crop post-harvest losses is critical for ensuring future global food and nutrition security, especially as growing conditions become more variable. An opportunity has arisen for a scientist from an agricultural discipline with the experience and vision to work within a small multi-disciplinary team at the Natural Resources Institute (NRI), to deliver research and consultancy services in the area of crop post-harvest science. The successful candidate will join the Food and Markets department, which is a well established group working on many aspects of post-harvest science, and is particularly concerned with reducing post-harvest losses and tackling global food waste. If you are interested, please apply before 8 September 2017 through the online application system. + READ MORE

The Virtuous Cycle

The world’s population is growing at a steady pace – and so is the need for sufficient food. Fortunately, joint projects against food waste and losses can find followers very quickly; this fact is borne out by the SAVE FOOD initiative, created by the FAO, UNEP and Messe Düsseldorf, and now also by the Virtuous Cycle project. In just over six months, this association of international companies has supplied preschool and primary school children in various disadvantaged parts of South Africa with about one million packaged and environment-friendly, ready meals. Moreover, quite a few school desks were produced as well. + READ MORE

Ghana Founder’s day dinner by Food for all Africa

The recently awarded social enterprise start-up, Food for All Africa, is organizing a Ghana Founder’s day networking dinner for individuals, groups and stakeholders within Ghana’s food supply chain. The event is scheduled for Monday, 18 September 2017 and aims at creating a network of socially responsive Ghanaians who believe the right to food of the vulnerable in society is a shared responsibility. For every seat reserved for the event, money is raised to feed and support 2 000 vulnerable children in the Afram Plains, on UN World Food Day 2017. + READ MORE

Food Waste Conference

New Food presents its inaugural one-day conference, Food Waste: Reducing environmental impact and reaping business benefits. This event pioneers the conversation on issues relating to food waste, from legislation to packaging and household trends. It will also equip delegates with the strategies and techniques for measuring, monitoring and analysing their supply chain to identify areas of food wastage. The Conference will take place on 16 November 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom. + READ MORE

Focusing on Food Loss and waste: 2017 Food Tank Summit NYC

Food Tank, ReFED, and The Rockefeller Foundation are organizing the Food Tank Summit 2017 on 13 September. This one-day event will feature more than three dozen different speakers from the fields of food and agriculture. Researchers, farmers, chefs, policy-makers, government officials, and students will come together for discussions on diverse topics. The theme for the Summit is Focusing on Food Loss and Food Waste. The entire event will be shown free on Facebook, live throughout the day. + READ MORE

Government Efforts to Reduce Wasted Food Gaining Traction

Local and national governments in more than 20 countries around the world are taking action to reduce the waste of food, according to a new report published by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) in the Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Department of Environmental Health and Engineering. The recent growth in government-led initiatives targeting food waste reflects increasing public awareness of the issue and its impacts on food security, the economy, and the environment. This document provides synthesized information about existing approaches in governmental plans to address wasted food, and shares recommendations to guide future efforts and the key trends across plans. It is based on analysis of 93 governmental plans aimed at addressing waste of food and interviews with 17 local, state, and national government staff about their plans. + READ MORE

Sustainable Retail Summit

Sustainable Retail Summit is an opportunity to learn first-hand how companies are taking positive actions and collaborating to overcome today’s biggest industry challenges. From eradicating forced labour, reducing and measuring food loss and waste to supporting healthier diets and lifestyles, the Sustainable Retail Summit provides practical sessions on how to implement change and meet these challenging demands head on. The Summit will held from 2 to 3 October, Montreal, Canada. + READ MORE

Growing global focus on food waste

At the United Nations SAVE FOOD World Congress, where Selina Juul (Champion 12.3 and Founder of Stop Wasting Food movement) recently spoke, the escalating fight against food waste was at the top of the agenda. A great deal of progress has been made since the first SAVE FOOD World Congress in 2011. Literally hundreds of food waste prevention and reduction initiatives have been born, and the entire food value chain has been activated. At the "A Great Day for Food Innovation" summit at the Danish Food Cluster, where Michiel Kernkamp was a key speaker, the fight against food was also the first item on the agenda, and many food companies are making good progress. From the EU to the UN, and among the big corporations – the fight against food waste is on. + READ MORE


Help us to build a strong network of partners, to become more efficient in the fight against global food loss and waste!

Your benefits: presence, information and networking
  • Access to information from, and networking with other SAVE FOOD partners world-wide
  • Inclusion in the worldwide communications
  • Receive technical advice and support from FAO and SAVE FOOD in your programme to reduce food losses and waste
  • Use of the SAVE FOOD logo to draw attention to your membership
  • Regular newsletter with the possibility to include your own contributions

Connect with all partners
and be part of the Network!

New Partnerships
(a selection)

BIOAZUL is diversified into several basic lines of action such as engineering and technological consultancy focused on the development of eco-innovative solutions for wastewater treatment and recycling and waste management.

International Potato Center
The International Potato Center, known by its Spanish acronym CIP, was founded in 1971 as a root and tuber research-for-development institution delivering sustainable solutions to the pressing world problems of hunger, poverty, and the degradation of natural resources. CIP furthers its mission through rigorous research, innovation in science and technology, and capacity strengthening regarding root and tuber farming and food systems.

Naqaa is a social enterprise in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Naqaa has launched several innovative green initiatives that target environmental awareness in the community, build sustainable waste management programs for businesses, and have introduced the highest quality recycling products to the Kingdom.

SENA is responsible for fulfilling the function that corresponds to the State, of investing in the social and technical development of the Colombian workers by offering and implementing a comprehensive professional training for the incorporation and development of people in productive activities that contribute to the country’s social, economic and technological development.

Join the Community of Practice on Food Loss Reduction (CoP)

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In being a member of the Community of Practice you will access the Forum, and participate in on-line discussions, get in touch with other practitioners, share and request relevant and updated information, contribute in building up a worldwide community aimed at reducing food losses and achieving food security.

Collaboration with regional partners is essential.

The causes of food loss and waste vary in different parts of the world. The SAVE FOOD Initiative takes a regional approach, developing strategies adjusted to the specific needs of regions, sub-regions and countries.


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