Postharvest Network present at No More Food to Waste conference

The Netherlands, together with the FAO, organized the international conference No More Food to Waste – Global action to stop food waste and food losses, held from June 16 till June 19, 2015 in the World Forum convention center in The Hague, the Netherlands.

The No More Food to Waste Conference aimed to bring together a wide range of relevant stakeholders in the food system, including governments, international organizations, private sector, non-governmental organizations, philanthropic foundations, local community producers, and the scientific community to share experiences and demonstrate combined action in partnerships in the food chain.

The Postharvest Network was present at the conference together with the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP). They had an information booth and prepared a side event: What we need to know: how to enhance the agrofood supply chain efficiency for food & nutrition security.

Recently within the F&BKP research has been conducted on relations between the reduction of post-harvest losses and food security. The main conclusion of this study is that reducing the wastage issue cannot be solved in a single stroke. Interventions, although important, often do not make a significant contribution on their own, but can do so when embedded in a broader and integrated value chain or food system approach with an eye on context specific circumstances. This valuable insight has practical implications for solutions to reduce losses and improve food security; When food losses occur in a supply chain, there is not one single problem owner to address. A typical supply chain involves several actors without one actor being responsible for the total supply chain. So how to change the supply chain in order to reduce losses and improve food security? What makes one of the involved actors move? What kind of instruments are needed?

A discussion with the audience focused on these questions and on identifying the kind of interventions that might work when improving a food supply chain. Also the need to develop an international Community of Practice on (knowledge for) interventions for value chain improvement was discussed.

Download the flyer of the side event.