Halving Food Waste and Reducing Food Losses by 2030

by Oyun Sanjaasuren, President of the First Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly and a Member of Parliament of Mongolia

Oyun Sanjaasuren

(These remarks were delivered at the Champions 12.3 side event held on May 25, 2016, at the second session of the United Nations Environment Assembly [UNEA-2] in Nairobi, Kenya.)

I would like to welcome you all to the UNEA side event “Champions 12.3: Halving Food Waste and Reducing Food Losses by 2030.” Today we hope to inspire you, your government, your company, or your institution to take bold action to reduce food loss and waste.  And for those in the room representing environment ministries, we will call on you to collaborate to pursue the SDG target on food loss and waste.

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Guest Commentary – Halving Global Food Loss and Waste by 2030

By Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development

In January, during the launch of a new initiative at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, I made a call to end shocking levels of food spoilage and loss. Nearly a third of all food is lost or wasted ‘between the farm and the fork’ and it is the rural people in developing countries who suffer this loss the most. FAO estimates that annually the loss and waste adds up to US$940 billion and about eight per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. If food loss and waste were its own country, it would be the world’s third-largest greenhouse gas emitter.

We all have a role to play in tackling this huge issue. But it will require a structured approach, solid partnerships, bold initiatives and collaborative actions across sectors and value chains. Without this, the losses and waste will go on and poor rural people will bear the brunt of our failure to act.

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PRESS RELEASE: Champions 12.3 Coalition Expands Members, Actions to Help Reduce Food Loss & Waste

Contact: Lauren Zelin, World Resources Institute, (202) 729-7736, lzelin@wri.org
Contact: Kim van Seeters, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Directorate General Agriculture and Nature, The Netherlands, kim-van.seeters@minbuza.nl

Six additional business leaders, government ministers, and global institution executives join 35-member coalition to increase political and social momentum to achieve Target 12.3 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Key points:

  • Target 12.3 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aims to halve food waste and reduce food loss globally by 2030
  • Nearly 1/3 of all food is lost or wasted globally, costing $940 billion per year
  • If food loss and waste were a country, it would be the third-largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world behind China and the United States

 

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Feeding the 5000 (May 2016)

Champions will share insights and recommendations for reducing food waste at two large public events serving food that otherwise would have been thrown away.

Participating Champions include Tristram Stuart, Feedback [NYC + DC event], Andrew Steer, World Resources Institute [DC event] and Secretary Tom Vilsack, USDA [DC event].

Organizations in attendance include the Rockefeller Foundation, EPA, USDA, NRDC and UNEP.

View additional event details for NYC Event and DC Event.

Date: 10 and 18 May, 2016
Location: New York City and Washington, DC, USA

CAADP (April 2016)

Champions 12.3 will share solutions to reducing food losses in Africa and what the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Partnership Platform can do to accelerate these solutions.

Date: 12 April, 2016
Location: Accra, Ghana