How to tackle food waste and losses in our cities, which will increase drastically the coming decennia? How to connect the producers from the rural areas in a fair and sustainable way with the city consumers? This is an interesting topic with beautiful examples that inspire and need to be shared among each other.
On Thursday October 20, 2016, the Postharvest Network co-organized a Side Event in the context of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) Plenary Session 43 at the FAO Headquarters in Rome. The Side Event was entitled “Food losses and waste in the context of metropolitan food and nutrition security” (download the flyer) and co-organized by the Postharvest Network, Wageningen University & Research, CCAFS, the Dutch Ministries of Economic and Foreign Affairs and FAO.
Nina Waldhauer, project leader of the Postharvest Network, presented how Wageningen has translated knowledge into local solutions for this topic. (download the presentation)
Furthermore, Guido Santini (FAO) gave a presentation on “City Region Food Systems and Food Waste Management: Linking Urban and Rural Areas for Sustainable and Resilient Development“ (download the presentation) and Larissa Uwase (Carl Group) focused on “The role of innovations in reducing food losses and wastes for sustainable urban food systems”.
Chairman Hans Hoogeveen, the Dutch Representative to the FAO, led the session. Hans appealed to those present to make it happen in practice and challenged the audience to act!