Save Food Asia-Pacific Joint Communiqué

Joint Communiqué and Strategies to Reduce Post-harvest Losses and Consumer Food Waste Issued

 

Bangkok, Thailand, 29 Aug 2013 — FAO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in collaboration with the Asian Institute of Technology and other partners launched the Save Food Asia-Pacific campaign yesterday, which aims to reduce post-harvest food losses and market-to-consumer food waste. The regional initiative will raise awareness about the high levels of food losses – particularly post-harvest losses – and the growing problem of food waste in the region.

 

Multi-Stakeholder Consultation

 

The launch came at the end of a two-day High-Level Multi-Stakeholder Consultation on Food Losses and Food Waste in Asia and the Pacific Region that was attended by more than 130 participants from 20 countries, including four Agriculture Ministers. The Consultation also produced a joint communiqué that delegates adopted by consensus yesterday, saying, in part: “In instances where food is spoiled or fails to meet standards at harvest and along the supply chain, we agree to promote solutions that rely on improving the knowledge base of stakeholders in food supply chains, and on the improvement of infrastructure, development of appropriate farm machinery, bulk packaging, storage, processing, transportation systems and logistics, etc. For those improvements, Governments should create a better enabling environment to stimulate the private sector to invest in the food industry.”

The communiqué also called for “the formulation of conducive policies and the creation of an investment climate”.

 

Joint Communiqué PDF

High Level Multi-Stakeholder Consultation on Food Losses and Food Waste

in Asia and the Pacific Region

Bangkok, 28  August 2013

 

Joint Communique

 

We, delegates to the High Level Multi-stakeholder Consultation on Food Losses and Food Waste in Asia and the Pacific Region, convened by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO),on 27 and 28 August 2013, in Bangkok:

 

Consider food losses, in particular post-harvest losses and food waste as pressing problems for Asia and the Pacific Region.

 

We want to ensure food security, economic and social development and environmental sustainability in Asia and the Pacific Region for current and future     populations by promoting actions to reduce food losses and food waste.

 

We want to raise awareness in order to reduce food losses and food waste and promote sustainable and responsible consumption in the region.

 

In cases where valuable food rots on the fields, or is attacked by pests, we support  research into more efficient agricultural practices and environmentally     sound interventions. In instances where food is spoiled or fails to meet standards at harvest and along the supply chain, we agree to promote solutions that rely on improving the knowledge base of stakeholders in food supply chains, and on the improvement of infrastructure, development of appropriate farm machinery, bulk packaging, storage, processing, transportation systems and logistics, etc. For those improvements, Governments should create a better enabling environment to stimulate the private sector to invest in the food industry. Therefore, we encourage the formulation of conducive policies and the creation of an investment climate. In the event of the retail and food service sectors being able to make a difference, we encourage companies to improve practices of planning, procurement, packaging, marketing and sales. In view of consumers wasting food, we campaign for greater respect for food and behavior change of consumers.

 

We agree to undertake a campaign, using various tools including communication materials and platforms to advocate against the negative consequences of food losses and food waste, and raise awareness of the importance of saving food.

 

With the SAVE FOOD ASIA-PACIFIC CAMPAIGN, we pledge to work together and create regional and national multi-stakeholder networks towards reducing food losses– along the food supply chain and fight the growing problem of food waste.

 

The fight against food loss and food waste concerns everyone – everyone can contribute.

 

 

 

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