The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) unveiled a comprehensive platform to help the global community step up action to reduce food loss and waste as the UN agency and partners call for increased efforts and gear up for the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste – to be marked for the first time on 29 September 2020.
The Technical Platform on the Measurement and Reduction of Food Loss and Waste brings together information on measurement, reduction, policies, alliances, actions and examples of successful models applied to reduce food loss and waste across the globe.
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At the launch of the platform, FAO Director-General, QU Dongyu said, “Wasting food means wasting scarce natural resources, increasing climate change impacts and missing the opportunity to feed a growing population in the future.”
Advisor and Global Lead for Food Systems at the World Bank, Geeta Sethi said, “Addressing food loss and waste with accurate information and evidence at the country level is an attempt to create a food system that delivers on planetary health and human health. But to know what is a policy priority for a country, and therefore investments and interventions that are needed, requires good data and evidence. This platform is very relevant.”
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The event provided an opportunity to raise awareness about the upcoming International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste, which aims to sharpen focus on the need to reduce food loss and waste, and how doing so can contribute to sustainable development.
The FAO chief urged the public and the private sector and individuals to promote, harness and scale-up policies, innovation and technologies to reduce food loss and waste, and ensure that the first international day will be meaningful and influential.
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The platform at a glance
The platform is as a gateway to all FAO food loss and waste resources, including: the largest online collection of data on what food is lost and wasted and where; discussion forum on food loss reduction; examples of successful initiatives; e-learning courses; food loss and waste policy brief in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic; and tips on what everyone can do to reduce food waste.
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It also connects to related portals from development partners, serving as a one stop shop for all food loss and waste knowledge. The consolidated platform was made possible thanks to funding from the Swiss Development Cooperation.