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 f... Read more
This article (PDF), published in the Agricultural Systems journal, aims to better understand the magnitude of food losses in different stages in the food system and provides insights into how these influence overall food system efficiency. A systems view is taken from primary production of agricultural biomass through to human food requirements and consumption. Quantities and losses over ten stages are calculated and compared in terms of dry mass, wet mass, protein and energy. The results suggest that due to cumulative losses, the proportion of global agricultural dry biomass consumed as food is just 6% (9.0% for energy and 7.6% for protein), and 24.8% of harvest biomass (31.9% for energy and 27.8% for protein). The highest rates of loss are associated with livestock production, although the largest absolute losses of biomass o
The Third Edition Food Processing & Packaging Expo attracted top Manufactures in food packaging innovations from 13 Nations. This took place on 3rd and 4th November 2015 at KICC. The Expo was a great opportunity for making new business contacts in Kenya as there is a rising demand for food packaging innovations. There are more retailors and super markets coming up thus the standards for packaged foods are rising.
“Value addition and food processing activities are going to be key to save food” said Dr Wilson Songa the permanent secretary in the ministry of industrialization and Enterprise Development who officially opened the Expo on 3rd November 2015. He pointed out that East Africa is a fast growing consumer market and there is great potential in agribusiness.
30% of food in Kenya is lost in retail stores and supermarkets. Good packaging of produce will ensure food safety, extended shelf life and reduce food... Read more
Over 633 agricultural professionals met at the AgriProFocus Kenya network day held at Safari Park hotel on 1st October 2015. The day provided an excellent opportunity for individuals, businesses and organizations to interact, share knowledge and make business deals.
The market-place was divided into 2 sections. One section was set aside for youth entrepreneurs to showcase their products and services. The second session was set aside for organizations and individuals to showcase their post-harvest handling technologies and interventions. In total 48 exhibition tables were provided.
“I had an exhibition table last year and met three clients who gave me consultancy work. This year, I have made even more contacts and will hopefully yield into business for me”, said Mr. Michael Ondialla, the owner of Horticrops and a youth entrepreneur.
Three sub-workshops were held. One sub-workshop was titled “Training for Impact in Agribusiness”. It brought together institutions and entrepre... Read more
Dear Agri Pro Focus, dear all,
I would like to take the opportunity to indroduce you a project I'm leading in Africa focus on food waste and losses solutions.
This project - Yes FOOD Can - aims to identify and highlight innovative solutions and changemakers working to reduce food losses and waste at different stages of the food chain in Africa.
To that end, as an agricultural engineer specialized in sustainable development, I'm traveling for a year around Africa to meet, talk and support food chains' actors. Yes FOOD Can is part of FAO Save Food Initiative.
I will be in Ethiopia (mostly in Addis Ababa) from 23rd of march to 6 of april. And I'am still looking for solutions to discover and highlight in this country.
So if you know :
> interesting and innovative projects that reducing food waste and losses ?
> key contacts or relevant local experts ?
>... Read more