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Posted 24 November 2017 at 09:25

Enhancing food security and business opportunities through food waste and loss reduction in a changing climate: Reflections from the Network Day 2017

According to 2011 FAO Global Food Losses and Food Waste (FLW) report, a third of all food produced in the world of human consumption never reach the consumer's table.These amounts to 1.3 billion tonnes of food lost or wasted evey year.

The Food Waste and Loss session brought on board various stakeholders who shared their insights that helped to draft an ACTION PLAN.The following were the represented stakeholders: Practitioners with a change maker attitude; Policymakers who can twist policies in a sustainable and inclusive way; Businesses that turn waste into value; Businesses that offer value chain systems; Innovators with innovative solutions to Food Loss and Waste (FLW); Entrepreneurs that can scale-up tested and applicable innovations to make money while addressing Food Loss and Waste.

The session began on a high note with Dr.Jane Ambuko from the University of Nairobi making a presentation on Food loss and waste (FLW) reduction;the role of reliable data on Food Loss and Waste.Thereafter,various organizations pitched.The Society of Crop Agribusiness Advisory of Kenya (SOCAA) pitched on the role of Public Private Partnership in educing food losses; The Netherlands Develpment Organization (SNV) pitched on Reducing porstharvest losses through good storage facilities; Sustainable Business Inclusive (SBI - Kenya) pitched on Business drivers of food waste and loss.

The following were the outputs of the session;

-Participants brainstormed on the key drivers of postharvest losses in food supply chains.

-A discussion on tangible strategies of reducing food loss and food waste along the value chain.

-Mapping out the key players with a drive to ACT towards reducing waste,losses and improving quality of food.

-An ACTION PLAN with key players around implementing.

It was indeed an insightful session!

Peter Kangacha Interesting read this one. Hopefully, we can have a policy approach to food loss initiative such that wastage is reduced through awareness creation on utilization of especially horticultural commodities that do not necessarily meet "cosmetic Specification". 

11 months 1 day ago

Jemimah Nyangasi Great insights there! Thank you Peter Kangacha

11 months 1 day ago

Peter Kangacha are simply saying that food waste is so ingrained in the supply chain that decisions of especially retail chains contribute to a great percentage of the waste. Such decisions as last minute cancellation of orders and change of cosmetic standards are quite so rampant among retailers since no policy exists to curtail it. This is being said by the groceries adjudicator, the same office that should reign in on retail chains to be responsive as reduce food wastage. Too bad that these decisions affect the often less able producers in developing countries, exacerbating the cycle of poverty and unwarranted inequalities. 

10 months 3 weeks ago