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UN food agency urges companies and organizations to join global food waste initiative June 13,2012   |  Source: UN News Centre

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and key partners today called on companies and organizations around the world to join in SAVE FOOD, a global initiative designed to cut down on food losses and waste.

"With 900 million hungry people in the world and one trillion dollars at stake, joint action in reducing losses and waste can improve livelihoods, food security, and minimize the environmental impact," the Director of FAO's Rural Infrastructure and Agro-Industries Division, Gavin Wall, said in a news release.

Established in 2011, SAVE FOOD - the Global Initiative on Food Losses and Waste Reduction aims to reduce the estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of food that is lost or wasted every year, with annual losses valued at nearly $1 trillion. The campaign currently has over 50 partners.

One-third of the food produced in the world for human consumption is thrown away or lost, as well as the natural resources used for its production. Food losses and waste amounts to roughly $680 billion in industrialized countries and $310 billion in developing countries.

FAO, together with a trade fair organizer, Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, and a trade fair for packaging and processes, Interpack, is calling for new private sector partners as well as non-profit organizations

Theme(s): Communities and Organisations.

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