And be part of a worldwide mobilization of stakeholders to help reduce food losses and waste.
In being a member of the CoP, you can:
- be informed on projects and programs on food loss reduction and post-harvest management
- participate to online moderated discussion fora, stay tuned on relevant news and events
- access links to online libraries, databases, repositories with relevant materials
- participate in online trainings and access e-learning modules on post-harvest management
- receive a bi-monthly newsletter
About the CoP
The CoP is one of the major outcomes of the first joint project being implemented by FAO, IFAD and WFP, and funded by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation: Mainstreaming Food Loss Reduction Initiatives for Smallholders in Food-Deficit Areas (more info here).
The CoP provides an online discussion FORUM, resources (online libraries, databases, repositories with relevant materials), and links to partners. It is a dynamic platform that will facilitate information sharing and coordination, and it will be enriched with updated information on a regular basis.
This work is part of two affiliated projects funded by SDC in the framework of the Sustainable Food Systems (SFS) Programme, also known as 10-Year Framework for Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns (10YFP), a global multi-stakeholder partnership to accelerate the shift towards more sustainable food systems.
The food waste reduction part fits into the One Planet network activities aimed to implement the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP), which supports the global shift to SCP and the achievement of the SDG 12.
The “Mainstreaming food loss reduction initiatives for smallholders in food deficit areas” project, jointly implemented by the Rome-Based UN Agencies (RBA) FAO, IFAD, and WFP, funded by the Government of Switzerland (SDC) was aimed to improve food security and income generation of smallholder farmers in food deficit areas through reduction of post-harvest food losses in targeted value chains (Phase 1: 2013-17 and Phase 2: 2017-20).
In the framework of its post-harvest management programme SDC funded other related projects in Ethiopia and to other partners including HELVETAS.
By mobilizing the individual strengths of the three agencies, the joint project generated an impact and influence in stimulating Member Countries to take action to reduce food losses and is expected to be a model for future collaboration and up-scaling of RBA collaboration.