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Reducing Food Losses and Waste in Asian Countries for Improved Food Security and Agri-food Chain Efficiency

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Reducing Food Losses and Waste in Asian Countries for Improved Food Security and Agri-food Chain Efficiency

Save Food Asia-Pacific Campaign
A Regional Campaign that seeks to:
–Raise awareness and draw attention to the high levels of food losses and the growing problem of food waste across Asia and the Pacific Region.
–Promote partnerships, and advocate for strategic approaches and actions to reduce food losses and waste and increase sustainable consumption in the region.
–Launched on 28 August 2013 during a High Level Multi-stakeholder Consultation, convened in Bangkok.

@FAO/Rosa S. Rolle

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  • 1. Reducing Food Losses and Waste Reducing Food Losses and Waste in Asian Countries for Improved Food Security and Agri-food Chain Efficiency Rosa S. Rolle, Ph.D Senior Agro-Industries and Post-harvest Officer FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific Rosa.Rolle@fao.org
  • 2. Save Food Asia-Pacific Campaign – Raise awareness and draw attention to the high levels of food losses and the growing problem of food waste across Asia and the Pacific Region. – Promote partnerships, and advocate for strategic approaches and actions to reduce food losses and waste and increase sustainable consumption in the region. – Launched on 28 August 2013 during a High Level Multi-stakeholder Consultation, convened in Bangkok. A Regional Campaign that seeks to:
  • 3. “With the Save Food Asia- Pacific Campaign, we pledge to work together and create regional and national multi-stakeholder networks toward reducing food losses along the supply chain and fight the growing problem of food waste.”
  • 4. Awareness Raising and Advocacy – Development of Save Food Networks: • National • A Regional – Education and awareness in schools and universities – Public service announcements – Development and distribution of promotional materials in local languages across the region.
  • 5. Countries • Launched in Mongolia, Thailand • To be launched in: – SAARC countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) – ASEAN countries - Indonesia, Malaysia, Viet Nam, Singapore, Laos
  • 6. Wa Modern and Traditional Supply Chains Operate in Parallel Across the Region Farmer Groups Supermarkets Institutions Food Service Sector Export Farmers Collectors Wholesalers Retailers and Street Vendors Mass Market Higher Income Consumers Contracts L O S S E S W A S T E Waste
  • 7. Fresh Produce on Display in Supermarkets and in Wet Markets
  • 8. Reasons Why Consumers Waste Vegetables Case of the Philippines 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 Forgot to eatPoor qualityForgot to cookOver bought Others Forgot to eatPoor qualityForgot to cookOver bought Others Wet market shoppers Supermarket shoppers Respondents(%) Cabbage Pechay Eggplant Squash Carrot Tomato Onion Potato Bitter gourd Lack of meal planning? Wet market shoppers Supermarket shoppers
  • 9. A Majority of Consumers Waste Less than 5 % of Their Vegetable Purchases Case of the Philippines 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 Less than 5% 5-10% 11-20% More than 20% Less than 5% 5-10% 11-20% More than 20% Wet market shoppers Supermarket shoppers Respondents(%) Cabbage Pechay Eggplant Squash Tomato Onion Potato Carrot Bitter gourd String beans
  • 10. Consumer Attitudes Toward Fruit and Vegetable Waste Case of the Philippines 0 10 20 30 40 50 Wet market buyers Supermarket buyers Respondents(%) Not at all Only a little Fairly bothered Moderately bothered Too much botheres Source – FAO-RAP Study, 2013
  • 11. CAPACITY BUILDING TO REDUCE POST- HARVEST LOSS IN GMS COUNTRIES FUNDED UNDER THE FAO TECHNICAL COOPERATION PROGRAMME (TCP)
  • 12. Methodology • Stakeholder sensitization and surveys • Market surveys • Training of trainers • Pilot demonstrations • Documentation of results • Dissemination of results • Consolidation of feedback • Policy recommendations for Governments
  • 13. Traditional System Improvements Introduced Papaya Supply Chain - Laos
  • 14. Commonly Used Transport System for Papayas
  • 15. 60 % Loss Reduction with Improved Packaging
  • 16. Traditional Tomato Supply Chain - Cambodia
  • 17. Improvements Introduced 85 % loss reduction with the introduction of plastic crates
  • 18. Banana Supply Chain – Viet Nam Traditional Improved
  • 19. 48 % Loss Reduction with Improved Handling and Packaging Practice
  • 20. Issues • No reward for quality in mass markets. • Access to finance to procure crates. • Proper management and maintenance of plastic crates. • Widespread adoption of improved practice will hinge greatly on an improved enabling environment – policy brief under development.
  • 21. Requirement (Billion USD) % Primary crop production 1,684 57 Downstream support services • Cold and dry storage • Rural and wholesale markets • First stage processing 1266 305 280 682 42.9 24 22.2 58.8 Cumulative Investment Requirements for East Asia - 2005/07 to 20501 1Source: Capital Requirements for Agriculture in Developing Countries to 2050. FAO Rome (2009) (All numbers are in 2009 US$ values) Thank you www.savefood.net