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    Reduction of Food Losses and Waste in Europe and Central Asia for Improved Food Security and Agrifood Chain Efficiency 2014
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    This study represents one of a number of UN/FAO-supported research initiatives on the subject of food losses and waste. It builds on the ground breaking research and conclusions of the Global Food Losses Study commissioned in 2011 from the Swedish Institute for Food and Biotechnology, updating its data and consolidating its analysis of the impact of food losses and waste on the Europe and Central Asia region. Drawing on research conducted into food losses and waste in the Europe and Central Asi a region and more broadly, the sections below present the context and importance of addressing the issue of food losses and waste in the region, review the ongoing debate in this relation and current national and multi-national initiatives to reduce losses and waste. Finally the study used recently conducted country studies commissioned by UN/FAO in two middle-income countries (Turkey and Ukraine) and one low-income country (Armenia) to provide an overall assessment of the levels of food loss a nd waste in the Europe and Central Asia region, as well as to analyse critical loss points and provide present policy options to reduce levels of loss and waste. The study focuses on low and middle income countries of the region since high-income ECA states, primarily EU members have both already conducted extensive research and developed programs for loss and waste reduction and are also served directly by the major ongoing FUSIONS project in this sphere. This study was informed by in-depth a nalysis of priority agri-food chains in the region, selected on the basis of their economic importance, employment generation, contribution to foreign exchange and contribution to food security. At least one agri-food chain was selected for analysis from each of the following commodity groupings: cereals, fruits and vegetables, meat and dairy. Critical loss point analysis was then conducted for each of five agri-food chain phases, i.e. agricultural production, post-harvest handling and storage, processing and packaging, distribution, and consumption.
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    Reducing Food Loss and Waste in Central Asia - GCP/SEC/015/TUR 2023
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    While chronic hunger is on the rise, a considerable amount of food produced is being lost or wasted. In Türkiye alone, an estimated 18 million tonnesof food is lost or wasted each year, that is, more than 20 percent of all food produced in the country. Reducing food loss and waste (FLW) is therefore a key objective in Central Asia subregion to achieve food security, improve food value chains and reduce the environmental footprint of food systems. However, the scale and complexity of the problem requires a holistic, multidisciplinary response involving all actors and stakeholders. Curbing FLW implies not only the revision of institutional and legal frameworks, and improvement in the methods of production, conservation and distribution of food, but also a change in resource-intensive consumption patterns and increasing awareness among all actors in the food supply chain, as well as consumers. Funded by the Government of Türkiye, the project, implemented from November 2019 to April 2023, aimed to support Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Türkiye, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan in developing measures to reduce FLW in the context of national food systems and climate change. Two components were implemented: (i) a regional component, consisting of an FLW reduction campaign and the establishment of an interactive partnership network; and (ii) national components for six countries (Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Türkiye and Uzbekistan) consisting of the formulation of national FLW reduction strategies and training in FLW measurement, analysis, monitoring, accounting and reporting.
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    Food Losses and Waste in Europe and Central Asia
    Draft Synthesis Report
    2013
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    Food losses and waste (FLW) has become a high-profile issue in both the public media and in policy debates. The EU and some other countries have even set specific targets for how much FLW should be reduced in a specific period of time. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), as the main organization for affairs concerning worldwide food and agriculture, has published several reports that express the significance of FLW. The main message of these reports is that: a) Th e total amount of FLW was quantified in metric tonnes by adding up FLW for very different products. According to these studies, 30 percent of world food production is either lost or wasted. b) Reducing FLW could help fight worldwide hunger and poverty and could also contribute to saving resources and mitigating climate change.

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