SAVE FOOD: Initiative mondiale de réduction des pertes et du gaspillage alimentaires
SAVE FOOD Newsletter
SAVE FOOD Newsletter
December 2014
SAVE FOOD newsletter


Francis has been an outspoken advocate for the poor, saying it is a "god-given right of everyone to have access to adequate food" and urging everyone to be more conscious of their "food choices," including waste, to end the "global scandal" of hunger. Read more...

The second Food Processing and Packaging Exposyum (FPPE), held at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) in Nairobi, Kenya from 18 to 20 November 2014, was very successful. FAO used the occasion to host a one-day conference on food losses. Read more...

73 member countries attended the Forty-Second Session of the Codex Committee on Food Labelling (CCFL) in Rome, Italy from 21 to 24 October. During discussions, several countries emphasized the link between consumer information and reduced food waste. Read more...

Some women in Kafue, Zambia are getting into product innovation and entrepreneurship. The Kafue Women’s Fish processing Association (KWFPA), with Ms. Kasazi Nyendwa as the head, conceived the idea to make tasty bite size crackers, named Fish Crackers. Read more...

Save Food Asia-Pacific
More than 200 runners joined the Save Food Fun Run alongside the 2014 Bangkok Marathon in Bangkok, Thailand on 16 November. The event raised awareness of the need to prevent food loss and food waste. Read more...

The Washington Post Forum invited agriculture experts, policy-makers and business leaders working on innovative methods and cutting-edge technologies that will define the farms of the future to its Feeding the Future event on 3 December. Representatives of the SAVE FOOD Initiative attended, highlighting the importance of reducing waste and increasing efficiency. Read more...

IN Perspective – A publication on Global Packaging
The latest issue of the packaging affairs journal In includes an interview with Robert van Otterdijk, team leader of FAO’s SAVE FOOD Initiative (pages 44–45). Read more...

In Uganda, helping farmers harvest hope for the future

World Food Programme
Many farmers lose a significant portion of their harvests through bad post-harvest handling practices. In Uganda, the World Food Programme (WFP) and partners are combining efforts to reduce these losses dramatically through a post-harvest loss reduction initiative.

Bangkok Post
At the Save Food for a Better World seminar held in early November, FAO noted that a quarter of the food wasted globally could feed 870 million hungry people. Rosa S. Rolle, an FAO senior agro-industries and post-harvest officer, reported that waste is increasing in developing countries, although most leftover food is still in developed countries.

The Guardian
Post-harvest losses are estimated to remove as much as 50 percent of crops from the food supply in developing countries. Moisture, infestation and rotting are major problems for farmers and processors, leading to reduced income and aggravated hunger. Read more...

Thomson Reuters Foundation
Thomson Reuters Foundation – the corporate charity of the world’s biggest news and information providers – is teaming up with FAO. The foundation’s portal has published an article on the SAVE FOOD Initiative, highlighting the main pillars and goals. Read more...

FoodDrinkEurope has published a report showcasing concrete actions being taken by Europe’s food and drink manufacturers to tackle food waste both within their own operations and up and down their supply chains. Read more...

Ghana Web
In 2013, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) commissioned The Urban Association Limited to carry out a study of post-harvest losses in Ghana. The study revealed that almost half of the food crops produced in the country do not reach consumers. Read more...

Food Waste Reduction Alliance
Trade associations representing United States food retailers, food manufacturers and restaurants have launched a series of infographics presenting key findings from the 2014 analysis of food waste among their members. Read more...

NTUC FairPrice
The retail cooperative NTUC FairPrice in Singapore announced that it will start applying its new framework for addressing food waste early next year. Actions will include enhancing and implementing internal processes that are “preventive in nature”, and engaging NTUC FairPrice customers in awareness-raising on food waste. Read more...

Partners actions

International Workshop on Food Waste Management conducted by ISWA at Chengdu, China on 27 Nov 2014. Dr Vivek Agrawal from Annakshetra Jaipur, attended the workshop and gave a presentation on “An Initiative to Minimize Food Wastage and Save Environment”.

Bocconi University

Bocconi University, Milan, Italy has launched an international student competition on saving food, in collaboration with Expo2015, the Italian Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forest Policies and the European Commission, and under the patronage of the United Nations for Expo, FAO and WFP.


The Sustainability Maker Project has launched a global-level open innovation platform called Innonatives to foster collaborative innovation and projects that promote sustainability.


OzHarvest in partnership with UNEP & Climate Action is taking the message of stopping global food waste to the international stage at this year’s Sustainable Innovation Forum (SIF) in Lima, Peru, following the recent release of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report on Global Food Losses and Food Waste.

Stop Wasting Food

The Web site of Denmark’s Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries is posting “Getting food waste to life”, articles on food waste published in the Funen Herald-Tribune and selected in cooperation with the founder of Stop Wasting Food, Selina Juul.

The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN)

Hope in a field of beets: How food banking is an active approach to reducing food waste and alleviating hunger.

University of Greenwich

The three-year project Gratitude (Gains from Losses of Root and Tuber Crops) – led by the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, in collaboration with 15 other organizations – came to an end in November. The project aimed to find ways of reducing waste from post-harvest losses of root and tuber crops while turning unavoidable waste into something of value.

Wilson Associates International LLC

The World Food Preservation CenterTM LLC, in cooperation with the “Sister” Universities of the World Food Preservation CenterTM LLC, has set out to address the shortcomings in current approaches to reducing post-harvest losses of food in developing countries.


Working paper


Working paper


Mitigation of food wastage - social costs and benefits

Key Findings

key findings


The Last Food Mile Conference

8–9 December 2014
Philadelphia, PA, USA

Sustainable Innovation Forum 2014

9 December 2014
Lima, Peru

Small scale Post-harvest Handling Technologies Short Course/Study Tour

23–27 February 2015
Arusha, Tanzania

(a selection)

UNESCO Bangkok

In the spirit of One UN and as part of the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Thailand, UNESCO Bangkok works in synergy with the United Nations Sister Agencies for achieving the United Nations Millennium Goals in the Asia-Pacific.

ICAR - National Research Centre on Litchi

ICAR are involved in research on all aspects of litchi fruit production including post-harvest management to reduce losses in supply chain.

Fundación Triptolemos

Fundación Triptolemos nace de una visión unitaria y global del sistema alimentario. Colabora en la optimización y articulación de su funcionamiento, para que redunde en beneficio de la disponibilidad y calidad de los alimentos, y en la confianza en un entorno de sostenibilidad global.

Garbage Matters Project

The overall aim of this project is to examine waste as a social phenomenon in contemporary East Asia (China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan).

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