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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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    Food Losses and Waste in Ukraine
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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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    Regional Conference on food security and income generation through the reduction of losses and waste in fisheries, Nouakchott, Mauritania, 15-17 December 2013 2016
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    The Regional Conference on Food Security and Income Generation through Reduction of Losses and Waste in Fisheries was held from 15 -17 December 2013, in Nouakchott, Islamic Republic of Mauritania. The objectives of the conference were to review the current practices in the sector in the Near East and North Africa region, examine case studies of best practices globally and discuss the best options for the region, and identify policy level and operational level interventions to improve food securi ty and income generation through reduction of losses and waste in fisheries in Near East and North Africa region. Case studies from the region on best practices in five countries were presented and discussed, following which presentations, working groups and discussions focused on four technical topics: a) best practices and strategies for minimizing post-harvest losses and waste; b) improved utilization of fishery by-products for minimizing waste; c) value chain based approach for minimizing fi sh loss and waste; and d) best practices for fish bycatch and discard management. The conference unanimously adopted the Noukchott Declaration, which included, among other things the need for appropriate policies and legislative frameworks and strategies should be established, which include a more participatory approach to fisheries management and to create a supportive and enabling environment for value chain actors in small-scale fisheries. Additionally, declaration called on countries in the region to develop and build the capacity of resource users and managers, including post-harvest stakeholders and service providers, in order to pursue and achieve a significant reduction of loss and waste, throughout the fish supply chain from the catch to the consumer’s table.

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