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Reduction of Food Losses and Waste in Europe and Central Asia for Improved Food Security and Agrifood Chain Efficiency








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    Food Losses and Waste in Ukraine
    Country Report
    2013
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    In the framework of global, regional and country-level studies conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (UN/FAO) in 2010-2014, this study, conducted in summer 2013, assesses of food losses and waste in priority agri-food chains in Ukraine. The objective of the study is to identify critical points and patterns of food losses and waste along selected food supply chains in Ukraine, which have the largest impact on food security and food supply in the country. For tha t purpose the country study aims to provide an overall assessment of food losses and waste and its impact on food security and food supply, as well as identifying and analysing critical points for food losses and waste along selected agri-food chains.
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    Food Losses and Waste in Turkey
    Country Report
    2013
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    This study has been carried out to validate food losses and waste as a priority in the agri-food chain in Turkey at the request of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in 2013. The Turkish Country Report is a part of overall FAO work on identifying food losses and waste in the framework of the Save Food Project. The objective of the study is to assess food losses and waste at critical points in the food supply chain for commodity groups specified by FAO and the Swedi sh Institute for Biotechnology in Turkey, which together have the greatest impact on food security and supply in the country. The commodity groups in question are cereals, roots and tubers, oilseeds and pulses, fruit and vegetables, meat, fish and seafood, milk and eggs. For this purpose, food losses and waste were assessed in general together with their effects on food security and supply in the Turkey country report. Critical loss points in the food supply chain for selected commodities were a lso identified and analyzed.
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    Overviews of food systems and agro-industry, value chains, and food loss and waste in the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia 2018
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    Many countries in the region have seen positive changes in agricultural development in recent years associated with countries’ reforms during the transition period after the Soviet Union collapse, as well as due to support from international organizations. This report overviews eighteen countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The report examines agriculture sectors and food systems, relevant programmes, it reveals the status of agro-processing sector and value chain development activities, and it covers food loss and waste. In the final analysis it was concluded, that more research and data collection are needed to understand the extent of food loss and waste at regional and national levels. It is recommended to update the regional agro-industry briefs that were compiled by FAO in 2014, and to supplement the briefs with the information on value chain development and food waste and loss. The report encourages better dissemination and sharing of results from partner organizations’ work on value chains, post-harvest handling, agro-processing and particularly food loss and waste activities. The report highlights that food loss and waste in the Europe and Central Asia region is not addressed in a uniform way. The report recommends to conduct more farmers’ trainings in harvesting techniques and improving access to infrastructure and markets (especially for smallholders). Companies and service providers in cold value chains should be supported in handling and increasing capacities. One of the highlighted challenges is a matter of connecting rural producers with logistics centres. Better integration of smallholder farmers into value chains is needed. Improving the enabling environment is crucial and will depend on enhancing the capacity of supporting institutions, including better understandings of current situations and challenges in order to provide countries and relevant stakeholders with solutions on improving effectiveness of value chains, including measures to reduce food loss and waste at all stages of the value chain.

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