Latin America and the Caribbean form an alliance to reduce food waste

3 November 2015

The countries of Latin America and the Caribbean want to cut food waste in half by 2030 through a new regional alliance, the FAO reported Tuesday.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that the losses of these products in the region amount to 223 kilograms per person per year.

The alliance is the result of an agreement reached during a regional dialogue on the subject, recently held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The participants agreed, among other things, to promote the incorporation of the issue into public policies, through laws, regulations and programs to reduce this waste.

The FAO Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean, Raúl Benítez, explained that reducing these wastes implemented only at the retail level could help meet the needs of the hungry in the region.

FAO indicated that many foods are lost during production, after harvest, during storage and transport. Also during the marketing of the products and finally when putting them on the table, since many consumers decide to throw away these products due to their appearance even though they still have value.

3 November 2015

The countries of Latin America and the Caribbean want to cut food waste in half by 2030 through a new regional alliance, the FAO reported Tuesday.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that the losses of these products in the region amount to 223 kilograms per person per year.

The alliance is the result of an agreement reached during a regional dialogue on the subject, recently held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The participants agreed, among other things, to promote the incorporation of the issue into public policies, through laws, regulations and programs to reduce this waste.

The FAO Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean, Raúl Benítez, explained that reducing these wastes implemented only at the retail level could help meet the needs of the hungry in the region.

FAO indicated that many foods are lost during production, after harvest, during storage and transport. Also during the marketing of the products and finally when putting them on the table, since many consumers decide to throw away these products due to their appearance even though they still have value.