The second observance of the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste (IDAFLW)
On 29 September 2021, the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste will be observed for the second time. Reducing food loss and waste is of significant importance as it contributes to the realization of broader improvements to agri-food systems toward achieving food security, food safety, improving food quality and delivering on nutritional outcomes. Reducing food loss and waste also contributes significantly to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, as well as pressure on land and water resources.
With less than nine years left to reach SDG goal 12, target 12.3 – by 2030 halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels, and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post- harvest losses – the second observance will highlight the urgent need to accelerate collective action to reduce food loss and waste.
A clear call to action will be made for the public (national or local authorities) and the private (businesses, including producers) sectors, as well as individuals, to prioritize actions and move ahead with innovation to reduce food loss and waste and contribute to restoring and building-back-better agri-food systems.
You are kindly invited to join the global virtual event in observance of the second International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste.
Heads of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will share their perspectives on the issues and actions required to stem the problem. A high-level panel will provide their perspectives, and a keynote presentation will seek to provoke further thought on the issues.
Representatives from the European Commission and from Italy will also share their views and perspectives on the issues and on progress achieved in addressing food loss and food waste.
A roundtable panel will discuss scalable innovations that contribute to accelerating the pace of food loss and waste reduction globally, toward delivering on better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life.
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Interpretation will be provided in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.
In addition, kindly find attached the file titled ‘Guidelines for participants to Zoom Webinars’, available only in English.
For further information, including agenda of the event and other relevant material, please visit our website or kindly contact Food-Loss-Waste-Day@fao.org
Moderator – Kimberly Sullivan, Communication Coordinator, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
- His Holiness Pope Francis
- António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations
- Máximo Torero Cullen, Chief Economist, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
16:10 Opening remarks
- QU Dongyu, Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Inger Andersen, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme
- Gilbert F. Houngbo, President, International Fund for Agriculture Development
- David Beasley, Executive Director, World Food Programme
- H.E. Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner, Health and Food Safety, European Commission
- H.E. Jože Podgoršek, Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Food, Slovenia
- H.E. Stefano Patuanelli, Minister of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, Italy
16:55 Keynote: Food loss and waste and their nutritional impacts: an agri-food systems perspective
- Nancy Aburto, Deputy Director, Food and Nutrition Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Special Presentation: The Food Systems Summit Food Loss and Waste Coalition
- Liz Goodwin, OBE, Senior Fellow and Director, Food Loss and Waste, World Resources Institute
Video Presentation- Food is Never Waste
17:10 Country Focus: Rwanda
- Food Loss and Waste reduction in Rwanda – An Agricultural Perspective
H.E. Gerardine Mukeshimana, Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources (speaker tbc)
- Food Loss and Waste reduction in Rwanda – An Environmental Perspective
H.E. Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya, Minister of Environment, Rwanda (speaker tbc)
17:20 Moderated panel: Accelerating the pace of food loss and waste reduction toward improving agri-food systems outcomes
- Innovations in aflatoxin management for food loss and waste reduction toward improving food safety, nutrition and healthy diets
Vivian Hoffmann, Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute
- Packaging innovation: a scalable option to reduce food loss and food waste
Claire Sand, Global Packaging Expert
- Community food-sharing platforms and their impacts on food security
Ankit Kawatra, Founder and Director, Zomato Feeding India
- Social impact platforms – Too Good To Go
Christophe Diercxsens, Global Public Affairs Manager, Too Good To Go
- Food loss and waste legislation (speaker tbc)
Nie Fengying, Deputy Director General, Agricultural Information Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences
17:50 Video message
- Massimo Bottura, UNEP Goodwill Ambassador, Chef and Food System Activist
17:55 Closing remarks
- Kazuki Kitaoka, Manager, World Food Forum 2021, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations