“No action can be truly transformative and efficient if it fails to be collective.”
FAO called for both public and private support to reinforce efforts to stem mounting food shortages.
Speaking to the Anadolu Agency, Viorel Gutu, Subregional Coordinator for Central Asia and FAO Representative in Turkey, emphasized that no action can be truly transformative and efficient if it fails. Gutu noted that in establishing the Save Food Global Initiative, FAO had sought to encourage dialogue between industry, research, governments and civil society. He explained that under the initiative, the organization is implementing multiple research, capacity-building and awareness activities and projects across Europe and Central Asia.
“When food is lost or wasted, all the resources that were used to produce it go to waste as well.”
Participating in live broadcasts all day long, Ayşegül Selışık, Assistant Representative of FAO Turkey, stressed that when food is lost or wasted, all the resources that were used to produce it – including water, land, energy, labour and capital – go to waste as well.Nearly 14% of the food produced for consumption globally each year is lost even before it reaches the wholesale market, Selışık continued as follows:
“This lost food is associated with approximately 1.5 gigatonnes of CO2 equivalent. Additionally, the food waste in landfills causes an increase in GHG emissions, further exacerbating the climate crisis. Taking all these facts into consideration, we decided that our theme for this year should be “Stop food loss and waste. For the people. For the planet”.
“More people will go hungry if we do not take collective action to reduce food loss and waste.”
FAO supporter Dilara Koçak called on her colleagues to take action to inform the public about food loss and waste, emphasizing that we cannot talk about a healthy diet on a planet where the soil and water are sick.
Sharing information on the impacts of food waste for the planet through her social media platforms throughout the week, Koçak stressed that more people will go hungry if we do not take collective action to reduce food loss and waste.