SAVE FOOD: Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction

FAO and Sabri Ülker Research Foundation to educate children in Turkey on food waste

18 Jan 2021

Ankara, Turkey – FAO in collaboration with Sabri Ülker Research Foundation, will distribute “Do Good: Save Food!” teaching manuals to over 6 million students, teachers and parents in 20 cities across Turkey.

Sabri Ülker Research Foundation’s Balanced Nutrition Education Project on food literacy for children will introduce a component on food waste reduction. For this, the Foundation will use the series of teaching manuals “Do Good: Save Food!” that were developed by FAO and the International Food Waste Coalition to help children and young people from five to fourteen years old and up to learn about food waste and the ways to prevent and reduce it in their everyday lives.

The “Do Good: Save Food!” materials seek to educate children about the negative impacts of wasting food and the actions that children can take to reduce food waste and good habits that they can develop and introduce to their friends, families and communities to reduce food waste.

Referring to the particular contribution of the Sabri Ülker Research Foundation to educating children on various aspects of food literacy, FAO Assistant Representative in Turkey, Ayşegül Selışık, noted that all of us can create a positive and sustainable behavior change by investing in the education of children - the future consumers.

Begüm Mutuş, General Manager at Sabri Ülker Research Foundation highlighted the significance of their collaboration with FAO and added that “Improving the understanding of our food choices on our health, the environment and our economy across society is vital.”

In addition to the educational materials, recently FAO and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry released a series of animated videos for children, featuring Cano, the food saviour, who explains in a visually engaging and comprehensive way how food waste affects our lives by worsening the climate change, wasting resources, but also about what each of us can do to stop food from being wasted. Please explore “The Adventures of Cano” here.