Global Community of Practice (CoP) on Food Loss Reduction: a new online programme by UN agencies
On 24 October 2014 FAO, IFAD and WFP launched a new joint project: a digital platform designed to take aim at the growing problem of “food loss.”
According to UN estimates, roughly 30 percent of global food production, that is 40-50 percent of root crops, fruits and vegetables, 20 percent of oilseeds, meat and dairy products and 35 per cent of fish, is either lost or wasted, amounting to some 1.3 billion tonnes – or enough food to feed 2 billion people. The new UN programme, Global Community of Practice (CoP) on Food Loss Reduction, aims at becoming “a global reference point” in the facilitation of information sharing between stakeholders such as public entities, civil society and the private sector. It will also permit stakeholders to tap into relevant news and events and access links to online libraries and databases as well as social networks and online trainings.