On 29th July, Ignacio Gavilan, Sustainability Director at The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), and fellow team member Aliya Kumekbayeva, Sustainability Officer spoke during a webinar organised by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The webinar brought together experts and representatives from the wholesale and retail sector, and leading tech companies, to share proven practices and innovative solutions for reducing food loss and waste at the wholesale and retail level.
The webinar was the third in a series of food loss and waste-themed webinars that aimed to explore options to reduce food loss and waste along the whole food supply chain, with the first two sessions addressing harvest and post-harvest operations, and food processing and packaging.
Ignacio and Aliya presented the CGF, as well as the work and projects of the CGF’s Coalition of Action on Food Waste, including harmonised measurement and reporting, supporting the World Resources Institute on the scale up of their 10x20x30 initiative, and identifying and fostering collaborative strategies to reduce on-farm food losses. For example, by engaging with suppliers in contractual arrangements that promote sale of all edible produce and reduce on-farm losses, as discussed in the report ‘Contractual Terms for Reducing Food Waste’, published by the CGF in 2020.
During the webinar, several options for viable solutions to deal with the issue of food loss and waste were presented, including infrastructural and logistical improvements, the adoption of innovative technological solutions, redistribution of unsold food through online channels, training, awareness-raising and food-collection campaigns, transforming food waste into animal feed or energy, and the strong collaboration of industry actors.
The event comes ahead of the UN Food Systems Summit later this month.
For more details on the CGF’s work to accelerate progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 and halve food loss per capita worldwide, visit www.tcgffoodwaste.com.