"Wasting food means wasting scarce natural resources, increasing climate change impacts and missing the opportunity to feed a growing population in the future," said FAO Director-General QU Dongyu at the launch of the Technical Platform on the Measurement and Reduction of Food Loss and Waste. The event took place virtually on 29 July and provided an opportunity to raise awareness about the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste.
The many experts gathered together emphasized the need to have solid data and research to better understand the nature of food loss and waste, enabling us to raise awareness and educate consumers, but also help governments to mainstream food loss and waste reduction strategies into national plans.
The COVID-19 impact underlines the need for this approach to ensure sustainable, green and resilient food systems.
The platform brings together information on measurement, reduction, policies, alliances, actions and examples of successful models applied to reduce food loss and waste across the globe. The European Union congratulated FAO on the launch and expressed their desire to contribute through the work of the EU Platform on Food Loss and Waste.