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

UNECE-FAO Conference, Food (Waste) for Thought –Food Loss and Waste and the Sustainable Development Goals

Hybrid Event, 20/11/2019

Food loss and waste requires multifaceted holistic policy perspectives to reduce food loss and waste and create real impact. Food insecurity caused by the lack of availability of food is one of these areas, where making the existing food available could result in major changes. Another area impacted by food produced and never consumed are our depleting natural resources and the related burden on the environment. Effective measures to reduce, redistribute and revalorize food lost/wasted could help ease this burden and at the same time, open new income generating possibilities. Economic losses of the producers and packers early in the supply chain are often very high – particularly at aggregated national levels. In addition, only slowly are important ‘climate action’ angles linked to food loss and waste reduction policies. What could be the potential means or policy tools that reduce food loss and toss and what needs to be in place to define effective measures? The systematic recording of data through innovative IT solutions for example on how and where the food is lost can provide governments with crucial indications for devising appropriate interventions. Cities, departmental units or rural areas might need different approaches and integrated food management systems. The conference will discuss these issues and provide food for thought to contribute towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including SDG 12, 2, 13, 8 and 17.

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