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Awareness raising in schools to prevent food waste

FAO is currently developing education material on the issue of food waste.

The goal of this activity is to raise awareness among school children, teachers and staff and their related families/networks on food loss and waste issues and introduce good practices conducive to food waste reduction, with an expected long-term impact.

The material is a comprehensive ‘education package’ that consists of different modules that can be used by teachers in class and to plan lessons and activities on the issue and is highly adaptable and flexible to cater to different needs regarding time availability, knowledge and age of the students, curriculum context etc.

  1. The ‘Basic Module’ introduces the topic of food waste and discusses what can be done to fight it (pdf-presentation with voice-over text, activity suggestions and work sheets)
  2. The ‘Add-on Modules’ offer working and teaching material for deeper development of the subject and related issues such as the value of food, hunger and food security, health and nutrition, food loss and the FLW footprint (pdf-presentations with voiceover text, activity suggestions and work sheets)
  3. A Teaching guide, offering additional information for teachers and instructions and suggestions on how to use the material and fit it in the existing curricula.

The package will be available for three age groups (6-9 years - also suitable for younger children, 10-13 years and 14+ years) and will be implemented at pilot scale by the private-sector nonprofit initiative “International Food Waste Coalition” (IFWC) and FAO in collaboration with 10 partner schools in Italy, UK and France during the first semester of 2016, before possibly extending to the rest of Europe and/or globally.

The campaign is expected to significantly reduce food waste in schools and households (both the plate and kitchen waste) and related negative socio economic and environmental impacts.

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