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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 and 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.

  • The ‘Basic Module’ introduces the topic of food waste and discusses what can be done to fight it.
  • 5 ‘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, climate change and biodiversity and food losses along the food supply chain.

Both the Basic Module and the five Add-on Modules are available for four different age groups, and consist of presentations and voice-over text, as well as a teaching guide. The teaching guide offers instructions and suggestions for a wide range of learning exercises and project activities.

The package is currently implemented at pilot scale by the private-sector nonprofit initiative “International Food Waste Coalition” (IFWC) and FAO in collaboration with partner schools in Italy, UK and France, 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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