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

Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) event| From farm to food donation. How to maximize the potential of preventing harvest losses to ensure food security?


Across the EU, at least 5 million tonnes of food are lost post-harvest annually while a growing share of the population is unable to afford fresh produce (Eurostat, 2022). This mismatch between supply and demand results in the waste of produce in parallel to aggravating diets affecting the health of vulnerable groups.

What are the best practices for collaborations between farmers and Food Banks bridging the gap by recovering and redistributing produce to charities supporting people in need? What are the main hurdles and drivers of surplus food donation in the primary sector? How can technology help to scale up food donation of produce to exploit the environmental, social, and economic potential of preventing food loss?

During an interactive expert panel coined by knowledge-sharing and discussion between representatives from research, the agricultural sector, Food Banks, and technology solution providers, these questions were addressed shedding light on the important role of fruits and vegetables in human nutrition, food security, and health as well in achieving UN SDGs.

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