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Hybrid event to mark the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste (IDAFLW)

Rome (Italy), Hybrid Event, 29/09/2023

Reducing food loss and waste (FLW) plays a crucial role in ensuring better nutrition for the world’s current and future generations. It presents a triple win opportunity, for the climate, for the availability of nutritious food and for improving the overall sustainability of our agrifood systems. 

Globally, an estimated 13.2 percent of food produced is lost after harvest and before it reaches retail shelves, and a further 17 percent is wasted in households, food services and in retail.  The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls for halving per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reducing food losses along production and supply chains.   

To discuss how to achieve progress on this vital issue, a hybrid event will be held at FAO Headquarters in Rome, beginning at 15:55 on 29 September. 

The event can be followed via webcast here.
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The event will be held in FAO HQ, Rome, Sheikh Zayed Centre.

The participants include: 
QU Dongyu, Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations 
Inger Andersen, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (via video link) 
His Holiness Pope Francis (message) 
Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations (video message)  
Álvaro Lario, President, International Fund for Agricultural Development (TBC) 
Cindy H. McCain, Executive Director, World Food Programme (TBC) 
Imma Tor Faus, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Principality of Andorra (video message) 
Luca Beccari, Minister for Foreign Affairs, International Economic Cooperation and Telecommunications, San Marino (video message) 
Ebubekir Gizligider, Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Forestry, Republic of Türkiye  
Neena Malhotra, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of India to FAO 
Sandra Gallina, Director-General for Health and Food Safety, European Commission (via video link) 

At 17:10 there will be a panel discussion: Reducing Food Loss and Waste: Accelerating the Pace of Actions to Transform Agrifood Systems 

Angela Crone, Chief Executive Officer, Upcycled Food Association, United States of America (via video link) 
Christine Gould, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Thought for Food, Switzerland (via video link) 
Steven Lapidge, Founder and CEO, Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre, Australia
Thembelihle Nduknana, Director Responsible for Agroprocessing, Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa (via video link), 
Lilian dos Santos Rahal, National Secretary for Food and Nutrition Security, Ministry of Development and Social Assistance, Family and Fight against Hunger, Brazil (via video link) 

At 17:40 there will be Calls to Action from: 

Leyla Fathallah, Advocate on Food Waste for West Asia, United Nations Environment Programme
Diarmuid Gavin, National Goodwill Ambassador for Ireland, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations 

At 17:55, there will be a presentation on The Food Loss App: 

Luciana Delgado, Senior Research Analyst, International Food Policy Research Institute.

FAO  has just developed a new app to convert a methodology to measure food losses at the farm level. The Food Loss App -FLAPP- is the result of a study on the losses that occurred in different value chains last year, built on the data collected from visits to producers, marketers and processors in various communities in the countries to obtain information on agricultural activities of the products that will allow to identify the bottlenecks that generated the losses and translate insights into action.

FLAPP’s main objective is to help designing targeted policies and incentives that in the future will allow losses to be reduced, directly impacting UN Sustainable Goal Target 12.3.

Check the FLAPP Video to learn more here.

At 18:05 there will be a cooking demonstration by Chef Leyla Fathallah


Additional resources

International Day for Awareness of Food Loss and Waste 

Food Loss and Waste Database 

Impact video on FAO’s work on reducing FLW