Friday 4 December, 14:00-15:30, Iran Room

Launch of the G20 Technical Platform on the Measurement and Reduction of Food Loss and Waste


About the event: The side event will launch the FAO and International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Technical Platform on Food Loss and Waste and highlight knowledge and concrete steps required to scale-up food loss and waste prevention and reduction.  During the Turkish G20 Presidency, FAO provided significant inputs to the G20 work both on agriculture and development. In May 2015, the G20 Agriculture Ministers invited FAO together with IFPRI to establish a platform, building on existing systems, for sharing information and experiences in measuring and reducing food loss and waste. The Ministers strongly supported the Technical Platform on Food Loss and Waste as the major practical outcome of the meeting which was also endorsed by at the G20 Leaders Antalya Communiqué in November 2015. The Platform welcomes world-wide members and will also work on solutions for low-income countries.

Purpose: The side event will provide an appropriate forum for the launch of the Technical Platform on Food Loss and Waste by FAO and IFPRI, allowing for discussion and concrete engagement in this action. The event will add to the political momentum for greater action coordination aimed at reducing food loss and waste globally. In 2014 FAO has set up the Global Initiative on Food losses and Waste Reduction with its partner organizations. The event will be crucial in raising awareness among member countries for the need to coordinate global efforts in measuring and reducing food loss and waste within the context of the Agenda 2030 and for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12.3.

Refreshments will be available outside the Iran Room from 15:30 onwards.

Responsible office: Agro-Industries Division (AGS)

Languages: Chinese, English, French and Spanish


Welcome by the Chairperson, Presidency of the G20 (China); Ambassador Dun Niu, China;
Statement by FAO Director-General, Mr. José Graziano da Silva;
Statement by IFPRI Director General, Mr. Shenggen Fan;
Statement by Outgoing G20 Presidency (Turkey); Ms. Sinem Mingan, Counsellor, Deputy Head of Mission, Turkey;
Brief technical presentation of the Platform by the Agro-industry Division, FAO;
Mr. Divine Njie, Deputy Director, Rural Infrastructure and Agro-industries Division;

Reflections on support for the Technical Platform on Food Loss and Waste by: 

  • Ambassador Maria Laura da Rocha, Permanent Representative of Brazil to FAO
  • Ms. Graziella Romito, Director, Division for International and European Policies, Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, Italy
  • Mr. Khaled El-Taweel, Alternate Permanent Representative of Egypt to FAO
  • Mr. Abreha Aseffa, Minister Plenipotentiary, Deputy Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to Rome-based UN Agencies
  • Ambassador François Pythoud, Permanent Representative, Permanent Representation of Switzerland to FAO, IFAD and WFP
  • Mr. John Norris, Minister Counsellor for Agriculture, Permanent Representative of the USA to FAO


FAO. 2011. Global food losses and food waste – Extent, causes and prevention. Rome

Other Information:
G20 Agriculture Ministers Meeting Final Communiqué (May 2015)
FAO Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction
FAO-IFAD-WFP Community of Practice (CoP) on food loss
FAO’s Strategic Objective 4: Enable inclusive and efficient agricultural and food systems
Food losses and waste in the context of  sustainable food systems (CFS, 2014)
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
HLPE, 2014. Food losses and waste in the context of sustainable food systems.  A report by the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition of the Committee on World Food Security, Rome 2014.

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