SAVE FOOD: Iniciativa mundial sobre la reducción de la pérdida y el desperdicio de alimentos

Food losses and waste in the context of metropolitan food and nutrition security

20 October 2016
FAO HQ, Rome, Italy

CFS (Committee on World Food Security) 43, Side Event #44

Urbanization, growing world population and rising middle classes: (Mega)cities need more and more supply of healthy fresh food. What role do FLW play in shaping efficient and sustainable urban food systems?

The growing world population, urbanization and growing middle classes will increase already existing challenges for metropolitan food and nutrition security. The supply of (mega)cities with healthy and fresh products needs robust and efficient supply chains in order to provide sufficient food in good quality and for affordable prices. Surrounding rural areas will be key for supplying cities and strong urban-rural linkages are needed in order to come to solutions. The urban-rural transformation has a significant impact on this development. Food losses and waste are a significant indicator of inefficient food systems and without interventions these will only increase leading to even more losses in social (food security), economic (loss of profit) and ecological (impact on resource use) respect.

Building further on recommendations from the HLPE report #8 ‘Food losses and waste in the context of sustainable food systems’ and in cooperation with UNEP we will present an outline on what the future of metropolitan food and nutrition security could look like and which role the reduction of food losses and waste will play. The discussion will explore examples of good practices, possible interventions, monitoring tools,  and the role of governmental players, private sector, knowledge institutions and civil society.


  • Ms Nina Waldhauer, Project Manager Supply Chain Management, Wageningen University & Research.
    Topic:  ‘The global challenge of metropolitan food security: How to translate into local solutions?’

  • Mr Guido Santini, Programme Coordinator - Food for the Cities Programme, Rural and urban crop and mechanization systems (AGPML), FAO.
  • Ms Camelia Bucatariu, Technical Officer (Food Waste), Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction (SAVE FOOD), Nutrition and Food Systems Division (ESN), FAO
    Topic: “City Region Food Systems and Food Waste Management: Linking Urban and Rural Areas for Sustainable and Resilient Development.”

  • Ms Larissa Uwase, Chief Operations Officer & Co-founder, Carl Group Ltd.
    Topic: 'The role of innovations in reducing food losses and wastes for sustainable urban food systems’

  • Moderator: Mr Hans Hoogeveen, Netherlands Representative to the FAO

  • Interaction and discussion with the audience.

Side Event Organizers

  • Postharvest Network
  • Wageningen University & Research
  • CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)
  • Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
  • FAO

Committee on World Food Security (CFS) 43 will convene at FAO headquarters, Rome, Italy, from 17 to 22 October 2016.

The theme of this the 43rd session is Making a Difference in Food Security and Nutrition and topics for discussion include sustainable agricultural development for food security and nutrition, including the role of livestock, connecting smallholders to markets, and CFS engagement in advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In addition to the Plenary session, over 50 side events will be held.

Further Resources

CFS 43 17-21 October 2016, FAO, Rome, Italy