One of the key tasks on SAVE FOOD’s agenda is making decision-makers and consumers aware of food waste and loss. We are endeavouring to bring about a massive change in attitude.
Examples of our activities are:
Presentation of the SAVE FOOD Study in India
Between May and July 2016 the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) carried out extensive studies on food losses in various areas of India. This was made possible by the contributions made by members of the SAVE FOOD Initiative.
The study considers the situation in the packaging industry in the developing countries. Findings: more investment in adequate packaging and process technology solutions is needed, for example to keep food edible longer. However, incentives also depend on political and economic conditions.
Using photos, films and exhibits, this exhibition opens the public’s eyes to the problem of waste and loss, while also presenting the Initiative, its members, and proposed solutions. The exhibition was first staged in 2011 alongside interpack and has since been shown regularly at different locations around the world.
This study, conducted jointly with the FAO, reveals the key facts and figures. 1.3 billion tonnes of food is lost or wasted every year. A stronger technology transfer to Africa and tighter coordination of the various actors in the value chain are essential to remedy this state of affairs.
SAVE FOOD used the platform provided by the FAO World Food Week 2011 in Rome to bring the Initiative to the attention of highcalibre visitors from international business and politics, by means of lectures and the interactive exhibition.
“THINK. EAT. SAVE.” was the motto of the World Environment Day 2013. It served to raise awareness internationally regarding the link between food losses and hunger and reinforced the idea behind SAVE FOOD.
The FAO in turn drives pioneering projects to fight food waste and loss – and also uses the SAVE FOOD forum and alliances in order to generate solutions faster. The map below gives an overview of these projects around the world. They address all different areas of the value chain and range from comprehensive agricultural programmes in Burundi to multi-stakeholder workshops on food security in Sudan.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations