IB Alliance to host session at ‘No More Food to Waste’ conference

Irmgard Jansen
By on May 20, 2015

The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, in close cooperation with the Government of Vietnam, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the African Union Commission (AUC) will organize the international conference ‘NO MORE FOOD TO WASTE – Global action to stop food waste and food losses’. The conference will be held in The Hague from 16-19 June 2015 and the conference program is available.

On Tuesday 16 June opening sessions will take place in the morning, to define and position the issues concerning food waste and food losses. The morning will be closed with a panel discussion about various perspectives on food loss and waste and opportunities for action. Niek van Dijk will be one of the panelists. Niek works on mobilizing the Dutch agricultural sector to actively participate in agribusiness development in developing markets. At the moment he is mostly active in the 2SCALE and SMART programs, aimed at agribusiness and horticulture development in Africa.

In addition, BoPInc will deliver a workshop about public private partnerships in the SMART program. We will focus on low-cost solutions for combatting post-harvest losses in the vegetable value chain. Best practices from India, East- and West-Africa will be presented, including cost-benefit analyses. The session will be used to discuss these solutions and identify new ones.

With the Inclusive Business Alliance existing of BoPInc, TNO, ICCO, SNV and Global Compact we will facilitate a working session concerning post-harvest losses. During this session, we will present and discuss several projects with a clear component focusing on minimizing post-harvest losses, such as the PROOFS program, Flying Foods, Kenya Horticulture program and the Simgas biogas milk chilling project.

Overall, the conference participants will try to find answers to questions such as:

• What innovations, cooperation, partnerships and coordination are needed to stop food waste and food losses?
• How do improving infrastructure, better storage chains, more efficient distribution systems, contracts between different actors in the supply chain and responsible consumer behavior contribute to reducing losses and valorizing waste?
• Do we have all the technology needed to reduce losses and valorise waste? If so, why are these not being used?
• Do we need new technological or social innovations?
• How do we involve all stakeholders?
• Which actions will be effective and efficient?

For more information, visit: http://www.nomorefoodtowaste.nl/