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XXII April Conference Associated Event

Food Loss and Waste: Global Trends and Russian Realities


The Institute for Agrarian Studies of HSE University and the FAO Liaison Office with the Russian Federation invite you to participate in the XXII April Conference associated event, Food Loss and Waste: Global Trends and Russian Realities. The event is dedicated to issues connected to food loss and waste in Russia and the world.

Today the world produces an abundant and even excessive amount of food to meet the needs of the entire planet. At the same time, more than 690 million people, 8.9 percent of the world's population, suffer from hunger in different parts of the world. In addition, around 14 percent of the world's food is lost after harvesting and before reaching the retail level.

In addition, food loss and food waste (FLW) have a negative impact on the environment due to the unsustainable use of resources for food production, as well as the dumping of food waste in landfills. Each year, 1.8 billion tons of lost and wasted food generate 8 percent of all greenhouse gases and affects the climate.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the issues of rational production and consumption, the preservation of food, and FLW reduction have become especially urgent. The pandemic has caused interruptions in supplies of food, seeds and fertilizers, medicines and animal feed, equipment and other agricultural resources. As a result, there is a risk of food shortages for billions of people on the planet. On the other hand, a large proportion of food retailers ceased to operate due to restrictive measures in response to the pandemic. Thus, food supply chains have been disrupted.

In this new context, the efforts to reduce FLW, namely, better food consumption and production practices, can play a particularly important role in ensuring food and environmental security and enhancing the sustainability of supply chains at the regional, federal, and international levels.

Within the framework of this session, we will discuss the problems of FLW in Russia and the world, the world's best practices of FLW reduction, and the possibility of their application to Russia. We hope that the session will draw public attention to this pressing issue.

The representatives of the FAO, the CGIAR, the OECD, the World Bank, Wageningen University and Research, Russian authorities and administrations, business, market analysts, research organizations, and media are invited to participate at the event.

Programme

Moderator - Eugenia Serova, Director for Agricultural Policy of HSE University

/12:00/ Introductory Statement

  • Oksana Lut, Deputy Minister for Agriculture of the Russian Federation
  • Oleg Kobiakov, Director of the FAO Liaison Office with the Russian Federation

/12:10/ FLW Causal Analysis and Measurement

  • Robert van Otterdijk, Agro-Industry Officer, FAO in Europe and Central Asia; Leader of the regional SAVE FOOD Initiative
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/12:25/ Resourceful with Food, the Way Forward in Food Waste Prevention across Europe

  • Toine Timmermans, Program Manager Sustainable Food Chains, Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands
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/12:40/ Food Loss and Waste – Driving Forward the Agenda

  • Liz Goodwin, Senior Fellow and Director, Food Loss and Waste, World Resources Institute
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/12:55/ Why Consumption Sociology Matters in Addressing Food Loss and Waste - Empirical Examples from across the Globe

  • Sigrid Wertheim-Heck, Associate Professor in Sustainable Food Systems, Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands
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/13:10/ Working with Food Waste. IKEA Experience in Russia

/13:25/ Food Loss and Waste: Russian Realities – Discussion with Russian experts

  • Ilya Lomakin-Rumyantsev, Director of the Consumer Market Development Center of Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO
  • Konstantin Laykam, Deputy Head of Federal State Statistics Service
  • Katerina Antonevich, Liaison Officer, FAO Liaison Office with the Russian Federation
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  • Natalia Karlova, Head of the Department of Agrarian Markets, Institute for Agrarian Studies, HSE University

/13:40/ Discussion and conclusions

Contact

If you have any questions, we would be happy to provide you with additional information:

Ekaterina Galaktionova, egalaktionova@hse.ru
Institute for Agrarian Studies