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Asia-Pacific campaign targets reduced food losses

FAO and its partners have launched an initiative aimed at cutting food waste across the Asia-Pacific region. Save Food Asia-Pacific Campaign targets losses both straight after harvest and between the market and people’s plates.

29 Aug 2013 - FAO and its partners have launched an initiative aimed at cutting food waste across the Asia-Pacific region. Save Food Asia-Pacific Campaign targets losses both straight after harvest and between the market and people’s plates.

FAO estimates that reducing global food waste by just one quarter would be sufficient to feed the 870 million people suffering from chronic hunger in the world. The campaign plans to create regional and national networks to raise awareness and encourage action. 

It was launched at a High-Level Multi-Stakeholder Consultation on Food Losses and Food Waste in Asia and the Pacific Region, held in Bangkok on 27 and 28 August, organized by FAO in collaboration with the Asian Institute of Technology.

Those attending included policymakers, farmer organizations, the retail and food service sectors, and researchers and academics. The meeting called for increased action in areas including storage, transport and packaging of food, and in educating consumers. Governments should also encourage more private sector investment in the food industry, the meeting agreed. For more on the story, click here.

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