SAVE FOOD initiative announces new partnership with the Global FoodBanking Network
FAO, Rome, Italy – 5 March 2013: The Global Initiative on Food Losses and Waste Reduction (SAVE FOOD) announced that it has teamed up with the Global FoodBanking Network (GFN). The new partnership will advance the organizations’ shared mission of preventing and reducing food loss and food waste and support food and nutrition security worldwide.
Food banking is a solution to the interrelated problems of world hunger, food losses and food waste. Food banks rescue non-saleable surplus food and redistribute it to hungry people. This is one of the ways food banking helps to nourish individuals, strengthen communities and support food systems.
Working collaboratively with The Global FoodBanking Network will expand SAVE FOOD’s ability to address food loss and food waste and provide targeted interventions towards the end of the supply chain. SAVE FOOD is working with the food banks around the world to develop knowledge on opportunities and challenges to prevent and reduce food losses and waste and feed the hungry.
“The Global FoodBanking Network has on the ground knowledge from all five regions of the world on how local food systems work – or fail – and, crucially, how they can be bridged to ensure that no man, woman or child needs to go hungry,” said Robert van Otterdijk, Team Leader of the SAVE FOOD Initiative. “We are delighted to be able to work together on expanding sustainable food systems world-wide and help ensure that food gets to those who need it the most and will not be lost or wasted.”
“We are extremely excited about playing an active role in the SAVE FOOD Initiative. Because of our global footprint and expertise in rescuing and redistributing surplus food, the Global FoodBanking Network will be able to make significant contributions to this critical effort to reduce food waste,” said Jeff Klein, President and CEO of the Global FoodBanking Network.
“GFN is the only global not-for-profit organization committed to creating, supplying and strengthening food banks and food bank networks throughout the world. Some of the ways we will contribute include gathering and sharing important information, communicating best practices in food waste minimization, and engaging our many food and grocery partners in this effort”, said Mr. Klein.
Through SAVE FOOD, The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) brings together a network of civil society organizations, research institutions, public agencies and private companies to sustain, coordinate and multiply global efforts to reduce food losses and food waste. The pillars of intervention are linked to raising awareness, improved collaboration and coordination, policy, strategy and programme development, and support to actual food loss and waste reduction programmes and projects. SAVE FOOD aims to provide evidence that it is possible to cut losses and wastes by at least 50 percent.
Reducing hunger and malnutrition is the most effective way of breaking the cycle of poverty. It improves child development, ability to learn, health, productivity, self-sufficiency and social stability. For each individual this is a life-changing opportunity. For the population at large, it represents a path to a more peaceful, sustainable and prosperous future.
For additional information and to become a partner of SAVE FOOD please check our web site: www.fao.org/save-food
For more information about the Global FoodBanking Network please visit: www.foodbanking.org