Presentation on theme: "SAVE FOOD – Global Initiative on food losses and waste reduction"— Presentation transcript:
1 SAVE FOOD – Global Initiative on food losses and waste reduction Averting food losses and wastein the agri-food value chainMs. F. TartanacSenior OfficerMarket Linkages and Value Chain Group, AGS-FAO
2 Food losses and food waste Food loss is the reduction of food available for human consumption in terms of quantity, quality, safety and nutritional value;Food waste occurs when decisions are made to discard food that still has value;Food losses and waste occur at all levels of the agri-food value chain.
3 Global food losses and waste: estimated at 1.3 billion tonnes / year Source: FAO Global food losses and food waste
4 Global food losses and waste in agri-food value chain Source: FAO Global food losses and food waste
5 Food losses and waste in the agri-food value chain In developing countries:the largest food losses and waste occur in the supply chain prior to consumption;food losses and waste are a result of, among others:Poor production planningProduction problemsPremature harvestingPoor storage facilitiesLack of processing facilitiesInappropriate food contact materials(packaging, processing machines)Inadequate marketing systemsLack of infrastructure
6 Food losses and waste: the environmental impact in the value chain Larger food quantities need to be produced to make up for the food losses and waste.Food losses and waste impact on the environment:the energy, biodiversity, water, soil and other resources that are used to produce, store, and distribute;the generated green house gasses (in the value chain and after disposal – e.g. landfills).For example:Input level: more fertilizer and pesticides need to be produced which would other wise not have been needed;Farm level: More farm production causes further usage of natural resources;Marketing level: More marketing resources, such as transport, are needed and contributing thus to more emissions.
7 Food losses and waste: the environmental impact in the value chain Averting food losses and waste at the origin of where they occur in the agri-food value chain → redesigning value chains;Greening value chains to avert food losses and waste → increased use of energy in reworking and recycling of food losses and waste;Clearly the environmental cost of such operations must not be higher than the environmental benefits;FAO study: the food waste footprint.
8 Food waste footprint study Ultimate objective:to provide a consistent knowledge base which can be used to underpin future policy debate in environmental impacts of food losses and waste.Objective:to provide a global account of the environmental footprint of worldwide food waste along value chains;focus on the impacts on climate, water, land, and biodiversity.The study provides an economic assessment of food waste costs and an analysis of prospective scenarios
10 SAVE FOOD - Global Initiative on food losses and waste reduction SAVE FOOD - Global Initiative on food loss and waste reduction was launched together with Messe Düsseldorf GmbH – a German private sector organization and an international fairs organizer for the food packaging and processing industry;U.N. organizations interested partners: World Food Programme (WFP); International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); UNEP;African Development Bank (AfDB), African Postharvest Losses Information System - APHLIS (Natural Resources Institute, EU Joint Research Centre); International Trade Centre (ITC);Donor countries: Norway;Research partners: Wageningen University (EU FP7 Project FUSIONS)
11 SAVE FOOD - Global Initiative on food losses and waste reduction Four pillars:Collaboration among key public and private partners - mobilize resources; conceive and implement activities by applying global coordinated and coherent methodologies;Evidence-based policy development and investment support - field case studies on food losses and waste on a regional basis with focus on core subsectors: cereals, roots & tubers, fruits & vegetables, oilseeds & pulses, meat, dairy, fish & seafood;Awareness raising - worldwide media campaign;Networking among stakeholders - farmers, agro-processors, packaging industry, retailers, policy makers and researchers; with a view towards developing feasible solutions.