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Reducing FLW in Europe and Central Asia for improved food security and agri-food chain efficiency
Reducing FLW in Europe and Central Asia for improved food security and agri-food chain efficiency
Reducing FLW in Europe and Central Asia for improved food security and agri-food chain efficiency
Reducing FLW in Europe and Central Asia for improved food security and agri-food chain efficiency
Reducing FLW in Europe and Central Asia for improved food security and agri-food chain efficiency
Reducing FLW in Europe and Central Asia for improved food security and agri-food chain efficiency
Reducing FLW in Europe and Central Asia for improved food security and agri-food chain efficiency
Reducing FLW in Europe and Central Asia for improved food security and agri-food chain efficiency
Reducing FLW in Europe and Central Asia for improved food security and agri-food chain efficiency
Reducing FLW in Europe and Central Asia for improved food security and agri-food chain efficiency
Reducing FLW in Europe and Central Asia for improved food security and agri-food chain efficiency
Reducing FLW in Europe and Central Asia for improved food security and agri-food chain efficiency
Reducing FLW in Europe and Central Asia for improved food security and agri-food chain efficiency
Reducing FLW in Europe and Central Asia for improved food security and agri-food chain efficiency
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Reducing FLW in Europe and Central Asia for improved food security and agri-food chain efficiency

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Food losses on farms, during processing, transport, storage, and at markets undermine food security in many parts of Europe and Central Asia.

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  • 1. Reducing FLW in Europe and Central Asia for improved food security and agri-food chain efficiency Stjepan Tanic FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia
  • 2. Food losses – on farms, during processing, transport, storage, and at markets – undermine food security in many parts of Europe and Central Asia In the developing countries, post-harvest losses can amount to as much as 40 % of production Food wasted by consumers – or by the stores and restaurants is only half of the story While consumer behaviour is important, food loss and wastage needs to be seen as a cross- cutting policy issue and not just a lifestyle choice Introduction
  • 3.  Assessment of food losses and waste in Europe and Central Asia (ECA)  Patterns of losses and waste in agri-food chains  Main causes for food losses and waste  Initiatives and actions taken to reduce food losses and waste ECA  Further options to reduce food losses and waste in ECA Overview Please click to link.
  • 4.  FAO examined food losses and waste in the region, comparing low-, middle- and high-income countries, and looking at seven different agri-food chains  Notable differences in the patterns of food losses and waste were found depending on income levels  Most of the L&W in developed countries occur at the distribution and consumption stage, in the middle and low-income countries at the production and post-harvest stages of the agri-food chain Assessment of food losses and waste in Europe and Central Asia
  • 5. Assessment of food losses and waste in Europe and Central Asia High income countries Mid income countries Low income countries
  • 6. Patterns of losses and waste in agri-food chains  In cereals oversupply, purchasing capacity and consumer preferences for fresh bread as well as higher discard rates of other cereals products result in nearly 25 % wastage by high income consumers  Losses of roots and tubers in high income countries during the harvesting, processing and packaging are largely the result of high quality standards, offcuts and cancelled orders from retail chains
  • 7. Patterns of losses and waste in agri-food chains  In middle income countries high production and consumption phase losses, as well as an increasing level of post-harvest handling and storage losses due to poor cold chain logistics and storage capacity are major factors of losses  Extent of FLW differs depending whether the specific product is produced and marketed by small producers and retailers, or by large producers applying modern technologies, production and retail practices.
  • 8. Main causes for food losses and waste  Resources andTechnologies  absence of investment due to the overall unfavorable investment climate and difficulty of doing business compounded by discouragingly high interest rates  Management, Marketing and Product Development  farmers’ conservative and traditional production methods and practices; poor transportation practices and undue delays caused by poor management and planning; lack of information on optimal varieties and breeds demanded by retail sector
  • 9. Main causes for food losses and waste  Value Chain Coordination and Supply Logistics  fragmented nature of agri-food production caused by the breakup of former state and collective farms; value chain and supply logistics considered as less important  Consumer Preference and Oversupply  demand for high quality standards causing sorting out after the harvest and processing; oversupply and low prices also encourage consumers to buy excessive amounts of food
  • 10. Main causes for food losses and waste  Trade andTaxation Policies  exports driven by state controls, protectionist policies on imports and import quotas and quality certification requirements of the trade blocks; excessive supervision, particularly of more perishable agri-food produce at borders sometimes due to anachronistic regulations  Food Safety and Quality Standards  overcomplicated regulation and control by multiple agencies, results in confusion among private sector agri-food chain actors, and a broad non-conformity of practice with regulation.
  • 11. Initiatives and actions taken to reduce food losses and waste  Awareness-raising of consumers and food waste reduction and prevention campaigns  Youth education and public education campaigns  Promotion of responsible food management practices as a part of corporate-social responsibility  Establishment of food banks taking into consideration the principles of food safety, involving support by government, private sector and civil society
  • 12. Initiatives and actions taken to reduce food losses and waste  Promotion of food waste management programmes including the use for bioenergy and recycling  Programmes and initiatives for improvement of post- harvest technologies, logistics and food safety standards  Support to development of short food supply chains and local markets  Research and monitoring programmes, and sharing of practices for food loss and waste reduction.
  • 13. Further options to reduce food losses and waste in ECA  Stimulating Investment in Technology Upgrades  investment climate improvement and access to finance, Improving quality and quantity of supply (standardisation, producer organizations)  Upgrading the Skills and Capacity Development  advisory services, investing in skills upgrades and exposure to modern technologies and practices for technical and business managers  L&W Reduction in the Distribution and Consumption Phases  provision of market information and schemes for classification of products; rising consumer and catering provider awareness
  • 14. Thank you

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