Media That’s All About Agriculture

 

This week, MediaProd, a company specialised in communication for agricultural and rural development, announced the premier of an initiative that will focus on youth agricultural entrepreneurship initiatives in Africa , to be broadcast through the web television (also known as web TV). The project is supported by CTA, and led by a group of young African video journalists and agricultural specialists who have worked in the agricultural sector for many years with a good knowledge of youth in agriculture.

The initiative aims at showcasing youth engaged in agriculture , in the hope that this will encourage others to become involved or at least take the first steps. Features will include youth interviews, testimonials and stories from the field, Agribusiness TV will address the following questions: How did these young people achieve success in agribusiness? What were the key factors which made their business idea work? What were the challenges faced and how did they manage to overcome them? What is the current status of youth in agribusiness in Africa, particularly in each of the various countries of focus? Where are the opportunities and how to seize them?

Showcasing farming through television, radio, film, art, and print can help the public engage in a dialogue about agriculture, nutrition, food justice, and sustainability. These forms of media allow information to travel across geographic boundaries and reach a wide audience.

In developing countries, for example, radio is often a central source of information with roughly 75 percent of households having access to a radio. And in countries with low literacy rates, radio can reach people who would not otherwise have access to information about agriculture. Worldwide, there are more than 44,000 radio stations.

In addition, farmers across the globe are accessing information via their cell and smart phones. The World Cocoa Foundation uses the app CocoaLink to inform cocoa farmers about farm safety, crop disease prevention, crop marketing, and more. iCow from M-Farm enables farmers to keep track of each cow’s individual gestation so that farmers don’t miss an opportunity to expand their herd. Similarly, Tigo Kilimo provides farmers in Tanzania with crucial weather information to properly manage their crops.

Food Tank this week highlighted 35 interesting media projects around the world.

Radio/Podcast

An Organic Conversation is a weekly show based in Mill Valley, CA and available through both radio stations and as a podcast. For the past five years, the show has featured segments focusing on sustainability, environmental challenges, innovation in agriculture, and other issues.

Farm Radio International is a Canadian-based nonprofit working with hundreds of radio partners throughout Africa to shine light on rural communities, smallholder farmers, and the threat of food insecurity and poverty. The organisation offers training for broadcasters and helps radio stations measure and improve their impact.

Farm Radio Trust works to support agriculture development in rural Malawi through radio. Their priorities include training, capacity building, and participation through information and communication technologies (ICTs), researching and documenting evidence-based agriculture practices, and promoting partnerships within radio and outside industries.

Harvest Public Media, a collaboration between public radio stations throughout the Midwestern United States, reports on food and agriculture stories. In addition to providing day-to-day coverage, the organisation manages a blog and provides investigative reports on subjects ranging from working conditions for poultry workers to food prices.

Heritage Radio Network delves into the U.S. food system and provides a platform for artisans, chefs, activists, policy experts, and farmers to share their perspectives on eating, food production, and the future of agriculture. Shows include The Main CourseTap RootsEat to the BeatCatch It, Cook It & Eat It!, and Greenhorns Radio.

Sustainable World Radio: Ecology & Permaculture Podcasts produces podcasts centred on permaculture, organics, and the environment. Each episode is an invitation to listen in on conversations with experts as they discuss the importance of sustainability in the food system.

National Public Radio’s blog, The Salt, dives into food topics such as farm to plate, nutrition advice, the latest news in food policy, and more. From audio clips to articles, The Salt satisfies every need for on-the-go, digestible food content.

The Organic Farmer Radio broadcasts two weekly segments that deal with issues facing farmers in Kenya. A project of the Farmer Community Programme, the show interviews local farmers, showcases the latest research, and dispenses agriculture information and advice.

Television and Film

Food Forward is a PBS documentary that follows food rebels. This group, which includes farmers, chefs, scientists, and educators, attempts to meet the challenges of the American food system.

Shamba Shape-Up is a reality show that focuses on struggling farms throughout Kenya. The show’s host visits different farms, meets with the farmers to learn about the issues they are facing, then interviews expert guests to provide advice. Currently, the show boasts more than 10 million viewers weekly.

Food Chains premiered at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival and has become one of the most talked about agriculture documentaries since. The film follows a group of farm workers in Florida as they push for the supermarket industry to implement their Fair Food program, which improves pay and working conditions for farm labourers.

In Defense of Food, a documentary based on journalist and activist Michael Pollan’s New York Times best selling book, simplifies conflicting media reports about what it means to eat healthy. Through traveling the world and visiting various supermarkets, Pollan debunks nutrition myths and makes adequate nutrition a digestible concept for every consumer.

Khwada tells the dramatic story of Indian shepherds and the struggle they face over the acquisition of their land by the Indian forest department. The film has been praised for its realistic portrayal of a “shepherd family and the obstacles they face while struggling to make ends meet.”

Land Rush, a BBC documentary, follows the Sosumar project, a partnership between the African Development Bank, Africa’s leading sugar producer Illovo Sugar, an American agricultural developer, and Mali’s government. The film portrays the development of the project as thousands of farmers throughout Mali are confronted with the possibility of losing their land.

More Than Honey is a documentary by Swiss filmmaker Marcus Imhoof that delves into the world of bees and the people that keep them. The film ultimately tells the story of mankind’s relationship with, and reliance on, nature.

Occupy the Farm covers the social movement resisting the commercial development of public land by telling the story of 200 urban farmers who plant crops as an act of protest. The ensuing battle that takes place between the protestors and the University of California raise important questions about food sovereignty and university-level education and research.

Real Food Media Project is made up of two core projects. Food MythBusters offers an alternative point of view on the standard agribusiness conversation. Real Food Films includes an international film competition that centres on sustainability, agriculture, food, and more.

The Moo Man is a British documentary that focuses on the struggles of an organic dairy farm in Sussex, England. The film was selected as one of the competitors in the World Cinema Documentary category at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Magazines/News Sites

Acres U.S.A. Magazine is a national magazine in the United States focused on sustainable agriculture. For more than four decades, the magazine has covered diverse topics including cover cropping, composting, insect control methods, and farm value-added processing.

Agriculturas: Experiences in Agroecology is a Portuguese language magazine that is published quarterly by the Advisory Services for Alternative Agriculture Projects in Brazil (AS-PTA). The magazine spreads awareness about agro-ecology and encourages knowledge sharing, collaboration, and the social implications of sustainable agriculture.

Civil Eats, named the James Beard Foundation’s 2014 publication of the year, publishes articles that address critical issues about the food system through a daily news format. A range of diverse topics, including labor issues, organic agriculture, the environmental impact of the food system, food waste, and much more, are covered by the online publication.

Commons Magazine focuses on stories highlighting the philosophy that some resources ought to be shared and managed by the community, also known as the commons movement. In addition to covering social justice and environmental issues, the magazine examines agriculture through the lens of true cost accounting, sustainability, and food justice.

The Food and Environment Reporting Network (FERN) was founded in late 2010 to provide in-depth stories on a wide variety of food system, agriculture, and environmental topics through an independent, non-profit model. FERN’s news tool, the Ag Insider, is a daily newsletter covering topics such as agriculture business and policy changes.

Farming Matters is a publication of AgriCultures Network, a global network that strives to facilitate knowledge between practitioners, academics, and communities of agroecology. The magazine explores agroecology, family farming, and other topics.

GRACE Communications Foundation promotes sustainable solutions to food, energy, and water issues. Its Sustainable Table project spreads awareness about the benefits of local agriculture and celebrates sustainable food. GRACE’s Eat Well Guide serves as a convenient resource for consumers who are looking for restaurants who source food locally across the United States.

Grist, a nonprofit news source, has offered environmental news with a sense of wry humor since 1999. Topics focus around the role of agriculture and the food system in environmental degradation and climate change.

Indie Farmer is a United Kingdom-based magazine dedicated to farming, food, and culture. It provides readers with interviews from small farmers in addition to photo stories featuring various farm and food ventures.

Modern Farmer recognises the increasing interest and importance of agriculture to people from multiple walks of life. With that in mind, the publication, both online and print, is a source of independent journalism that focuses on food, farm, and culture.

Mother Jones is a nonprofit news outlet covering topics such as politics, education, food, and more. Tom Philpott, an award-winning food writer with Mother Jones since 2011, covers a variety of topics pertaining to food politics in his blog. From the latest in food science, to climate change, to practical nutrition advice, Philpott encompasses all topics foodies and environmentalists alike are interested in exploring.

The Organic Farmer (TOF) is a Kenyan magazine that provides information, especially to smallholder farmers, about farming practices that are ecologically friendly. The organisation also offers a radio program, videos, and an Ask TOF section on their website for farmers to learn more about organic farming.

Urban Agriculture Magazine, a Resource Centers on Urban Agriculture & Food Security initiative, provides a platform for knowledge transfer and discussion of urban agriculture research, news, and policy.

Participant Media is a media company that offers viewers compelling stories that inspire social change. Media projects include movies such as Food, Inc. and An Inconvenient Truth, the popular digital division TakePart, and their television network Pivot.

Wakulima Young Uganda at the Master Card Foundation ‘Youth Africa Works 2015’

On October 29 and 30, 2015, The MasterCard Foundation hosted its first Young Africa Works Summit: Practical Solutions for Lifelong Success, in Cape Town, South Africa. And Wakulima Young Uganda was honored to be invited to the event.
This invite-only event brought together a community of 300 thought leaders from NGOs, government, funders and the private sector committed to developing sustainable youth employment strategies in Africa. It also directly involved young people to help understand and explore their journeys, including the challenges they face, in securing meaningful economic opportunities.
This year’s Summit focused on best practices and effective approaches for preparing young people for employment and entrepreneurship opportunities in agriculture. Sub-themes included demand-driven skills development, mixed livelihoods and youth financial services.
During the summit, The MasterCard Foundation released preliminary findings from innovative research conducted over the past six months into youth employment behavior in Africa, where 600 million people are under the age of 25 and 72 percent of its youth live on less than US$2 per day. The Youth Livelihoods Diaries research highlights the extraordinary lengths that young people go to as they try to achieve sustainable livelihoods.
“There is a distinct lack of research into the daily lives of African youth as they seek secure, safe and better paid work,” said Ann Miles, Director of Programs, Financial Inclusion & Youth Livelihoods at the Foundation. “The agricultural sector is set to create eight million stable jobs by 2020 and up to 14 million if the sector is accelerated. We believe it has to feature prominently in development plans for the continent if we hope to achieve a prosperous future for young Africans.”
Preliminary findings of the Youth Livelihoods Diaries research project indicate that:
1. Young people in Africa need to have multiple jobs to survive. Although many of them pursue various micro-business ideas, they often find themselves also having to work in agriculture (sometimes just for household consumption). This experience causes many not to consider agriculture as a viable profession.
2. More than 50 percent of young people are able to save money. The majority are saving cash at home rather than using a bank account.
3. Young people are increasingly using technology, particularly mobile phones. Although this provides new opportunities, it also presents costs.
4. Information about jobs and skills acquisitions is seen as the greatest need for research participants.

In the final analysis from Dr Agnes Kalibata, President of AGRA, posed the question ‘What does Africa need to do differently and what do we all need to do differently?

The single most important thing, she said, is a mindset change.
Our youth are not a problem, they are the best thing that has happened to us today. And we need to nurture that .
If well invested, Agriculture, not Oil, not Gold, not Diamonds will transform the economies of Africa
The food market in Africa can not be fed or met from off shore processing, the cost is so much bigger than the current quick wins
Land is a means to economic empowerment and not a power tool whether at country or house hold level and must be reformed
Lastly, the technology we seem to be waiting for is already here, the real issue is access
What role does policy play in this? The government needs to support through policy, infrastructure, agricultural research, and extension programs that are appropriate for smallholders.
catalyzing private sector and markets: The African food market is worth almost a trillion dollars. How can ambitious African Youth tap into that opportunity?

How Farmers are Creating Resilient Local Food Systems

The food system depends on a healthy environment, but poor agricultural practices are responsible for environmental degradation. Beekeepers continue to lose 30 percent of honeybee colonies during an average winter—likely due to pesticides and other agrochemicals. Soil degradation is occurring at staggering rates, with soils being depleted 10 to 40 times faster than they are being replenished. And up to 100,000 plant varieties are currently endangered worldwide.

The increase in food prices in 2008, Russian wildfires brought on by excessive heat and drought in 2010, and, most recently, the worst drought in more than 100 years in California—all are warning signs that farmers and farmers’ groups, global food producers, industry leaders, researchers, and scientists must address the planet’s food security in the face of weather volatility and climate change.

This week, Food Tank and The Lexicon of Sustainability are spotlighting farming and resilience through The Food List, a cross-media messaging campaign that provides the vital tools needed for fixing the food system.

Farmers depend on just a handful of crop varieties: according to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), approximately half of farmland—more than 60 million hectares, or 150 million acres—in the U.S. is planted with corn or soy. This lack of diversity limits farmers’ ability to adapt to varying weather patterns and climate change.

“The question is not whether systems this brittle will break down, but when and how, and whether when they do, we’ll be prepared to treat the whole idea of sustainability as something more than a nice word,” wrote food author and activist Michael Pollan.

A more resilient agricultural system is needed, especially in the face of climate change. “With 80 million more mouths to feed each year and with increasing demand for grain-intensive livestock products, the rise in temperature only adds to the stress. If we continue with business as usual on the climate front, it is only a matter of time before what we [saw] in Russia becomes commonplace,” said Lester Brown, U.S. environmental analyst, founder of the Worldwatch Institute, and founder and president of the Earth Policy Institute.

Family farmers and food revolutionaries are working to create this paradigm shift by restoring ecological resilience in their local communities. Many farmers are diversifying their cropping systems and working together on projects to preserve biodiversity in fields and on plates.

According to Dr. Bianca Moebius-Clune, Soil Health Division director for the U.S. National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), farmers are improving soil’s “ability to take in and hold ‘water in the bank.’ They’re even creating wildlife and pollinator habitat—all while decreasing risks from extreme weather and harvesting better profits and often better yields.”

Here’s how family farmers, food heroes, and organizations around the world are working to create resilient local food systems that are immune to the shocks of climate change and ecological disturbance.

Adapt-N is an interactive tool developed by researchers at Cornell University, designed to help corn growers reduce nitrogen applications based on site-specific recommendations. The website is part of a suite of decision-support tools from Cornell to help farmers mitigate and adapt to climate change in the U.S.

DivSeek, an international partnership launched in January 2015, use big data to catalog the physical and genetic information held within international gene banks, and to make it available online. The initiative, involving 69 organizations from 30 countries, enhances the productivity and resilience of global crops by giving breeders and researchers access to information through an online portal.

In the Philippines, Dr. Wilson Cerbito, Assistant Regional Director of the Department of Agriculture, addressed the First Agriculture Summit on May 7, 2015, noting the Philippines is the third most vulnerable country in the world to climate change. The event outlined strategies for improving productivity of rice and root crops through technologies and practices that promote ecological resilience.

Full Belly Farm received the California Leopold Conservation Award for its land stewardship and conservation efforts. Judith Redmond, a manager of the farm, demonstrated resilience in the face of extreme drought by changing her crop choices, implementing drip irrigation, and reducing her reliance on groundwater. The creek that usually irrigates her crops ran completely dry last year, but Redmond was still able to water her land using micro-irrigation.

La Red de Guardianes de Semillas (The Network of Seed Guardians) is preserving rare plant varieties and culturally important seeds in Tumbaco, Ecuador. The community model for seed-saving fosters the exchange of cultural knowledge between small farmers, trains growers on permaculture techniques, and works to preserve biodiversity throughout Ecuador. The coupling of cultural heritage and biological heredity in something so small as a seed gets at the heart of the resilience concept: the more biologically and culturally varied a system, the more buffered it is against disturbance.

The Lexicon of Sustainability is spreading the word about agricultural resilience through information artworks and inventive media campaigns. Douglas Gayeton, multimedia artist and the organization’s founder, emphasizes that “there are farmers who believe in biodiversity instead of monoculture. Farmers who build soil fertility without depending on chemicals. Farmers who go beyond organic.” By defining terms such as true cost accounting, The Lexicon of Sustainability seeks to describe a vision for resilience through engaging stories.

Who do you know about that is creating a resilient local food system? We want to know! Share them with me at Danielle@foodtank.com.

Future of Food: A Conversation with Jim Yong Kim & David Chang

People have different ideas about what the future of food will look like, but everyone can agree on what it should deliver: a food system that can feed everyone, every day, everywhere.

The world needs a sustainable food system that will feed a projected 9 billion people by 2050 with nutritious food, provide livelihoods—and also help steward our natural resources.

To make this happen farmers, scientists, consumers, business leaders, food processors, nutritionists, distributors, policymakers and chefs must work together to build a system that feeds everyone and addresses the problems of malnutrition, obesity, hunger, extreme poverty and climate change.

What are the necessary ingredients for a food system that works for all?

Hear from a development banker, a renowned chef, an agricultural expert, a woman farmer, a culinary professional and others about the future of food, and how we can work together to feed the world.

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Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET | 15:00 – 16:00 GMT or convert time
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Can giving full land ownership to small holder farmers double world food production?

Around the world, small holder farmers are being forced off their land to make way for corporate agriculture, and it’s justified by the need to ‘feed the world’. But it’s the small farmers that are the most productive, and the more their land is grabbed, the more global hunger increases.

2014 was declared as the International Year of Family Farming, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) released its annual ‘State of Food and Agriculture‘ dedicated to family farming. In the report, FAO says family farmers manage 70-80% of the world’s farmland and produce 80% of the world’s food. On the ground in Kenya, Brazil, China or Spain – rural people are being marginalised, threatened, displaced, beaten and even killed by a variety of powerful actors who want their land.

A recent comprehensive survey by GRAIN, examining data from around the world, finds that while small farmers feed the world, they are doing so with just 24% of the world’s farmland – or 17% , and this meagre share is shrinking fast.

In its report, FAO claims family farms occupy 70 to 80% of the world’s farmland? In the same report, it claims that only 1% of all farms in the world are larger than 50 hectares, and that these few farms control 65% of the world’s farmland, a figure much more in line with GRAIN’s findings.

What then is a ‘family farm’

Confusion seems to stem from the way FAO deal with the concept of family farming, roughly defined as any farm managed by an individual or a household. (They admit there is no precise definition. Various countries, like Mali, have their own.) Does a huge industrial soya bean farm in rural Argentina, whose family owners live in Buenos Aires, count as a ‘family farm’?. What about sprawling Hacienda Luisita, owned by the powerful Cojuanco family in the Philippines and epicentre of the country’s battle for agrarian reform since decades. Is that a family farm?

Taking ownership to determine what is and is not a family farm masks all the inequities, injustices and struggles that peasants and other small scale food producers across the world are mired in. This way, FAO conveniently ignores perhaps the most crucial factor affecting the capacity of small holder farmers to produce food; lack of access to land, and instead focuses its message on how family farmers should innovate and be more productive.

Small farmers are ever more squeezed in

Access to land is shrinking due a range of forces; population pressure, farms are getting divided up amongst family members, and vertiginous expansion of monoculture plantations. In the last 50 years, a staggering 140 million hectares – the size of almost all the farmland in India – has been taken over by four industrial crops: soya bean, oil palm, rapeseed and sugar cane. And this trend is accelerating. In the next few decades, experts predict that the global area planted to oil palm will double, while the soybean area will grow by a third. These crops don’t feed people. They are grown to feed the agro-industrial complex.

Other pressures pushing small food producers off their land include the runaway plague of large-scale land grabs by corporate interests. In the last few years alone, according to the World Bank, some 60 million hectares of fertile farmland have been leased, on a long-term basis, to foreign investors and local elites, mostly in the global South. While some of this is for energy production, a big part of it is to produce food commodities for the global market, instead of family farming.

Small is beautiful – and productive

The paradox, however, and one of the reasons why despite having so little land, small producers are feeding the planet, is that small farms are often more productive than large ones. If the yields achieved by Kenya’s small farmers were matched by the country’s large-scale operations, the country’s agricultural output would double. In Central America, the region’s food production would triple. If Russia’s big farms were as productive as its small ones, output would increase by a factor of six.

Another reason why small farms are the feeding the planet is because they prioritise food production. They tend to focus on local and national markets and their own families. In fact, much of what they produce doesn’t enter into trade statistics – but it does reach those who need it most: the rural and urban poor.

Should current processes of land concentration continue, then no matter how hard-working, efficient and productive they are, small farmers will simply not be able to carry on. The data show that the concentration of farmland in fewer and fewer hands is directly related to the increasing number of people going hungry every day.

According to one UN study, active policies supporting small producers and agro-ecological farming methods could double global food production in a decade and enable small farmers to continue to produce and utilise biodiversity, maintain ecosystems and local economies, while multiplying and strengthening meaningful work opportunities and social cohesion in rural areas.

To double global food production, we must support the small farmers

Experts and development agencies are constantly saying that we need to double food production in the coming decades. To achieve that, they usually recommend a combination of trade and investment liberalization plus new technologies. This ,however only empowers corporate interests and fuels inequality. The real solution is to turn control and resources over to small producers themselves and enact agricultural policies to support them. We need to urgently put land back in the hands of small farmers and make the struggle for genuine and comprehensive agrarian reform central to the fight for better food systems worldwide.

for over 30 years, my family has been farming on this piece of land, producing mainly for household consumption. As our family decreased in size, we now sell of the surplus from bananas, milk, and most recently manure from the cows This year, we will transition the cows to zero grazing to grow more food for sell
for over 30 years, my family has been farming on this piece of land, producing mainly for household consumption. As our family decreased in size, we now sell of the surplus from bananas, milk, and most recently manure from the cows
This year, we will transition the cows to zero grazing to grow more food for sell

Why differentiating between food loss & food waste matters

Food loss or food waste? Anything but the same, says FAO agri-food economist Stjepan Tanic

FAO agri-food economist Stjepan Tanic walks through the fundamentals: the difference between food loss and food waste, and why it matters for Europe and Central Asia.

Photo:  ©FAO / Louis Wheatley

Food loss and food waste sound like synonyms. What’s the difference?

Imagine how everything we eat travels across a food chain, a complex journey that stretches from farm to fork. FAO studies show that an astounding one third of all the food we produce for human consumption never actually reaches a fork. Whether we categorize uneaten food as “lost” or “wasted” depends on when it falls off the food chain.

Most people have seen food waste in their everyday lives. At the end of the food chain, consumers may throw out excess food, let it spoil, or develop other behaviors that waste food unnecessarily. Food “loss” actually occurs earlier in the food chain and usually behind the scenes. Due to inefficiencies in food production and processing, food can lose nutritional value or even need to be discarded before it reaches the consumer. Both cases are considered food loss.

Look at it this way: more than 40 percent of food losses and waste in developing countries occurs at the post-harvest and processing stages, while in industrialized countries, more than 40 percent of food losses and waste occur at retail and consumer levels.  Understanding when food loss or waste occurs is important because it affects how we build more sustainable food systems.

So you’re not just splitting hairs.

No. In fact, you can actually see the difference across Europe and Central Asia. In general, the European Union and other high-income countries in the region have significantly greater levels of food waste. These countries are launching consumer awareness campaigns and other initiatives to reduce food waste.

Middle- and low-income countries aren’t wasting nearly as much food – in part due to lower supply, lower purchasing power, and less demanding food quality preferences. Instead, they struggle predominantly with food loss issues.

So what are the weak spots in our region’s food value chains?

Farmers and processers are using outdated machinery and technologies, and food production systems remain unorganized and fragmented. The lack of access to specialized equipment for transportation, processing, cooling and storage only adds to the extensive food loss at the harvest, post-harvest and storage stages of the food supply chain.

The private sector has the potential to introduce technologies and practices needed to improve the efficiency of food supply chains and minimize food loss. But in order to promote investment in food loss and waste reduction ventures, governments first need to create stable, low-risk business environments with transparent and consistent regulations.

Policymakers may also consider developing programs that support producer organizations like cooperatives. Encouraging small-scale farmers to cooperate can increase their access to credit and help them deliver their product to new markets as efficiently as possible.

What can Europe and Central Asia do to solve this problem?

Ending consumer food waste in high-income countries doesn’t mean people in low-income countries will suddenly have more to eat. But reducing both loss and waste can increase incomes and improve access to food for vulnerable groups and in at-risk regions.

We can also eliminate the deep environmental footprint of food loss and waste. Every year, the world uses a volume of water equivalent to the annual flow of Russia’s Volga River – and adds 3.3 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases to the planet’s atmosphere – just to produce the food that we never eat.

Whether you’re counting kilograms, euros or calories, the threat of food loss and waste is clear and leaders in Europe and Central Asia are intent on making progress. The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland has addressed this issue and the European Parliament has called for member states to reduce losses and waste by 50 percent by 2025. Meanwhile, FAO will continue to support regional efforts in this arena through the global SAVE FOOD initiative.

09 February, 2015, Budapest, Hungary

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