The regional Conference on Food Security “LET’S GET TO WORK – building a food secure future”, that was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam and the Netherlands government on March 22-23, 2017 has been a success. As an outcome of the Conference a Chair’s Communique was adopted.
One of the main themes the conference focused on was “Reducing Food Losses”, which is connected with SDG12 – Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns. In the Communique, the following is stated on this theme:
“Currently around one third of the food produced is being lost or wasted. Reducing food loss and waste (FLW) can be a “triple win” opportunity: it increases income for farmers, companies, and saves money for households; wasting less means helping feed more; alleviates pressure on climate, water, land other resources.
Key action areas identified:
- Being aware of the food losses caused by different actors in the value chain is the starting point for improvements.
- Creating ownership of the losses is a challenge to address the issue.
- Technology and knowledge transfer, together with ICT solutions and entrepreneur skill development are important to the development of food loss/waste reduction.
- Creating and forecasting demand helps suppliers towards efficient supply along the food chain.
- Joining a collective or cooperative initiative and creating scale makes investments in the food value chain more attractive for farmers in order to make profit.
- Coordination between actors in the supply chain is key to reduce food loss along the food value chain. The region has to look at how to connect the players in the supply chain.
- To make the food value chain work from the producer through the wholesale market to the end market, every link in the chain has to be in place and work in synchronization.
- The region needs a food secure alliance to make food production more efficient and the use of land and resources less demanding for our climate.”
Please download here the full text of the Chair’s Communique (PDF).
The Postharvest Network hopes this Communique will encourage others to take the implementation of the SDG’s forward. In case you see opportunities on reducing postharvest losses and you are looking for cooperation, please do not hesitate to contact us.
For a more detailed report of the regional Conference, please read the news article.