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2016 International Workshop on Food Loss and Food Waste
November 7-9, 2016Washington D.C.

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The first International Workshop on Food Loss and Food Waste, hosted by the World Bank, The Korean Green Growth Trust Fund and the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, held in Washington DC on November 7-9, 2016 brought together experts from government, civil society, the private sector, cutting-edge food bank operators, and nongovernmental organizations to discuss the key challenges and opportunities to address the growing problem of food loss and waste. In particular, this event provided an opportunity to share experiences and best practices related to emerging issues.

Through 3 days of presentations and discussions, attendees had the opportunity to identify priorities and actions to move the food waste reduction and recovery agenda forward in the Americas and beyond.

Did you know?

  • 1/3 of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tons — gets lost or wasted. (FAO)
  • Over 97% of food waste generated ends up in landfills and final disposal sites. (U.S. EPA)
  • Food waste that goes to the landfill produces methane – 21 times more potent than CO2. (U.E. EPA)
  • Reducing food waste by 20% would provide enough food to feed 25 million people. (NRDC)

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Program: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3

Day 1 |November 7: The Global Challenges and Dimensions of Food Loss and Waste

9:00 AM Registration
9:30 AM Workshop Welcome
  Anna Wellenstein – Director for Strategy, Operations, Partnerships, Land and Geospatial, World Bank 
  Jane Nishida – Acting Assistant Administrator for International and Tribal Affairs, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA)
  Alejandra Espinosa – Coordinator of International Affairs of the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources of Mexico (SEMARNAT).
10:00 AM Workshop Context
  Renan Poveda – Sr. Environmental Specialist, The World Bank.
  Cesar Chavez – Executive Director, Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC).
10:30 AM Coffee Break
10:45 AM Food Loss and Food Waste in the World
  Moderated by Patricia J. Beneke, Regional Director and Representative, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  Craig Hanson – Global Director of Food, Forests & Water, World Resources Institute (WRI) [PDF]
  Walter Belik – Professor of Economics, Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP) [PDF]
  Sarah Vared – Interim Director and Principal at MissionPoint Partners, Rethink Food Waste through Economics and Data (ReFED) [PDF]
  Q & A
12:30 PM Lunch break
2:00 PM Food Loss and Waste Challenges in Korea and North America
  Moderated by Farouk Mollah Banna, Urban Specialist, The World Bank.
  KOREA: FOOD WASTE MANAGEMENT
  Mr. Minkuk Kim – Project Manager, Korea Environment Corporation (KECO) [PDF]
  North America: Food Waste Challenges and Diagnosis
  David Donaldson – Program Manager, Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) [PDF]
  Food Waste in Mexico: A Zero Sum Game?
  Genaro Aguilar – Consultant, World Bank [PDF]
  Q & A
3:45 PM Coffee break
4:00 PM Food Loss and Waste Global Challenges 
  Robert VanOtterdijk – Coordinator of the Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) [PDF]

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Day 2 | November 8: Approaches to Address Food Loss and Waste

9:00 AM Food Waste Prevention
  Moderated by Ted MacDonald, Senior Sustainability Officer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  Andrew Shakman – Co-Founder and CEO, LeanPath [PDF]
  Elise Golan – Director for Sustainable Development, Office of the Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Agriculture [PDF]
  Preeti S. Ahuja – Practice Manager, Agriculture Global Practice, The World Bank [PDF]
  Q & A
10.30 AM Coffee break
10.45 AM Food Recovery for Donation
  Moderated by Renan Poveda, - Sr. Environmental Specialist, The World Bank.
  The Egypt Food Bank Case
  Moez El Shohdi - President, Egypt Food Bank [PDF]
  The Main Challenges for Food Banks
  Federico Gonzalez Celaya - President, Mexico's Food Bank Network [PDF]
  Marzena Gersho - Director, Food Banks Canada [PDF]
  Karen Hanner - Feeding America, U.S.A [PDF]
  Gustavo Fernandez Casares - President, Food Banks Argentina [PDF]
  Q & A
1.00 PM Lunch break
2.00 PM The Role Between Feeding People and Food Recovery
  Moderated by Karin Shepardson, Program Manager, The World Bank
  Lisa Moon - President and CEO, Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) [PDF]
  Jacques Vandenschrik - President, European Federation of Food Bank (FEBA) [PDF]
  Q & A
3.00 PM Coffee break
3.15 PM Food Recycling - Alternative Uses of Food Waste
  Moderated by Raul Alfaro, Practice Manager, Environment and Natural Resources, Latin America and the Caribbean, The World Bank.
  Jack Macy – Commercial Zero Waste Coordinator, City and County of San Francisco [PDF]
  Marina Borgatello – Secretary of Environment; Rosario City Government [PDF]
  Mr. Mooho Lee – Waste Management Department, Korea Environmental Corporation [PDF]
  Q & A

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Day 3 | November 9: Public and Private Sector Polices/Strategies on Food Loss and Waste.

9:00 AM Environmental Policies to Address Food Loss and Waste
  Moderated by Cesar Chavez, Executive Director, Commission for Environmental Cooperation.
  Cheryl Coleman – Director, Resource Conservation and Sustainability Division, U.S. EPA [PDF]
  Michael VanderPol – Waste Reduction & Management Sr. Program Coordinator [PDF]
  Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)
  Edda Fernandez – General Director of Primary Sector and Renewable Natural Resources, SEMARNAT
  Omar Garfias – Technical Secretary, Secretary of Social Development of Mexico (SEDESOL) [PDF]
  Q & A
10:30 AM How the World Bank is Contributing to prevent Food Waste
  Stephen Paul D’Alessandro – Senior Agriculture Economist, World Bank [PDF]
  Q & A
11:00 AM Coffee break
11:15 AM Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainable initiatives in Food Management
  Moderated by Preeti S. Ahuja, Practice Manager, Agriculture Global Practice, The World Bank
  Juan Carlos Camargo – Sustainability Deputy Director, Walmart Mexico and Central America [PDF]
  Matthew D. Meredith – Managing Principle, LixCap [PDF]
  Rodrigo Gouveia – Director of Policy, International Cooperative Alliance [PDF]
  Cher Mereweather – Executive Director, Provision Coalition [PDF]
  Q & A
1:00 PM Lunch break
2:00 PM International Agenda - What´s Next?
  Moderated by Anna Wellenstein – Director for Strategy, Operations, Partnerships, Land and Geospatial, World Bank
  Patricia J. Beneke – Regional Director and Representative, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  Robert VanOtterdijk – Coordinator of the Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) [PDF]
  Debate & Closing Remarks

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Anna Wellenstein

Anna is Director for Strategy and Operations of the World Bank’s Social, Urban, Rural, and Resilience (SURR) Global Practice. With over 20 years of experience in urban development, Anna has led efforts to design and finance investments, facilitate policy reforms, and build capacity to help developing countries reduce poverty and boost equity. Anna is responsible for the technical oversight of new operations financed by the World Bank as well as for setting sector and country strategies. She oversees a portfolio of over 200 projects worth $25 billion in lending to developing countries as well as of 325 studies and technical assistance projects.

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Jane Nishida

Jane is the Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Office of International and Tribal Affairs (OITA). She has 30 years of environmental experience working in federal and state governments as well as international and nongovernmental organizations. In her current capacity, she leads EPA’s international and tribal portfolios, and is responsible for the full range of EPA’s environmental policy development and program implementation on tribal lands and in sovereign nations outside of the United States.

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Alejandra Espinosa

Alejandra has served as the Representative of the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) at the Embassy of Mexico in the United States since 2014. She has participated in events such as the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the General Assembly of the United Nations, the signing of the Paris Agreement and the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, the Climate Action Summit, among others.

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Renan Poveda

Renan is a Project Manager at the Environment and Natural Resource Management Unit for Latin America and Caribbean Region at the World Bank with over 15 years of experience in environmental management. As a Senior Environmental Specialist and international expert on solid waste management, Renan has led the preparation, implementation, and supervision of multiple World Bank projects ranging from policy development and investment loans to grants, technical assistance, and advisory services. For over 8 years Renan has worked on a broad operational agenda for the environmental, urban, and water management sectors and has developed strong partnerships with governments in Latin America.

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Cesar Chavez

Cesar is the Executive Director of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). He has served as General Director of Environmental Policy and Regional and Sectoral Integration at Mexico’s Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources, in charge of environmental policy, ecological, and regional planning and institutional development issues. On the international stage, he has been involved with several agencies, including the EPA, the Canada-Mexico Partnership, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), UNDP, UNEP, among others. With more than 25 years of experience in the environmental field, he has handled programs and projects on issues such as zoning, environmental policy, climate change, waste, transportation, and green building.

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Craig Hanson [PDF]

Craig is the Global Director of Food, Forests & Water at the World Resources Institute (WRI). He has co-developed a number of leading initiatives at the WRI, including Global Forest Watch, the Global Restoration Initiative, the Forest Legality Alliance, the Food Loss and Waste Protocol, Champions 12.3, and the Better Buying Lab.

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Walter Belik [PDF]

Walter is Full Professor of Economics at UNICAMP - University of Campinas in São Paulo, Brazil and a member of the Committee on World Food Security’s High-Level Panel of Experts from since 2013. In the academic field, Prof. Belik has published more than 200 papers nationally and internationally. Walter is also a member of the council of the “Prato Cheio” Food Bank in Brazil.

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Sarah Vared [PDF]

Sarah is a Principal at MissionPoint Partners, an impact investment advisor and manager. In her role, Sarah acts as the Interim Director of ReFED, a national non-profit focused on reducing food waste through data and multi-stakeholder collaboration. She has been responsible for designing, fundraising for, and implementing the ReFED Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste and continues to drive the project in its 2016 - 2017 activities.

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Farouk Mollah Banna

Farouk is an international expert on solid waste management currently working with the Social, Urban, Rural, and Resilience Global Practice’s  Urban Development and Resilience Unit of the World Bank. His focus includes knowledge development, technical assistance, advisory services, result-based financing as well as private sector participation, preparation, implantation, and environmental compliance monitoring of solid waste projects in the U.S., China, Indonesia, West Bank, Gaza, Kuwait, among others. Prior to joining the World Bank, Mr. Banna worked as a Solid Waste Engineer for Orange County, North Carolina (USA) and as an Environmental Engineer for Camp Dresser & McKee in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Minkuk Kim [PDF]

Minkuk is the Assistant Manager at the Department of Environment Energy of the Korea Environment Corporation (KECO). He handles environmental projects that contribute to eco-friendly development of Korea through the effective operation of environmental pollution programs that contribute to greenhouse gas reductions, improve the environment, facilitate resource recycling, and respond to the challenges of climate change.

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David Donaldson [PDF]

David is Program Manager for Green Growth at the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), responsible for ensuring the successful implementation of CEC efforts on transportation, clean energy, and sustainable production and consumption, including the North American Initiative on Food Waste Reduction and Recovery.

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Genaro Aguilar [PDF]

Genaro is a Professor at the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico and a World Bank consultant.  He is the author of several books and articles on poverty and economic development, and has been the recipient of multiple recognitions for his work, including the prestigious National Institute of Public Administration and Economics Award in 2001. Genaro is also a representative of the Commission of Experts on Food Loss and Waste for Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Robert VanOtterdijk [PDF]

Robert works at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO)’s Headquarters in Rome, Italy, as an agro-industry officer in the Food Systems and Nutrition Division. He is the architect, program leader, and driving force of the SAVE FOOD – Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction, responsible for its awareness raising, partnership development, research, and project implementation.

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Ted MacDonald

Ted has been working in the EPA’s Office of International and Tribal Affairs since 1990, currently serving as the Senior Sustainability Officer in OITA’s Office of Global Affairs and Policy. His responsibilities include advancing EPA’s cooperation with various multilateral sustainability initiatives. Among his duties, Ted leads an international cooperation initiative to reduce food waste through source reduction, recovery, and recycling, including under the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation.

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Andrew Shakman

Andrew is a food waste prevention advocate member of the National Restaurant Association’s Conserve Sustainability Advisory Council and a strategic advisor to the Food Waste Reduction Alliance. He is the CEO of LeanPath, a foodservice technology company focused on food waste prevention.

 

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Elise Golan

Elise is the Director for Sustainable Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In this role, she provides leadership in planning, coordinating, and analyzing the Department’s policies and programs related to sustainable agricultural development. Elise received her Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of California at Berkeley.

 

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Preeti S. Ahuja [PDF]

Preeti is the Practice Manager for Strategy and Operations (PMSO) of the Global Engagements Unit of the World Bank Group’s Agriculture Global Practice. The unit anchors key global partnerships including the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP), the Global Food Crisis Response Program (GFRP), and the Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) program with a cadre of staff offering cross-cutting technical expertise.

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Moez El Shohdi [PDF]

Moez is Co-Founder & CEO of the Egyptian Food Bank. With his blend of experience in hotel management and humanitarian professional voluntary work, he successfully founded and developed 18 Food Banks in 15 countries in the Middle East and North Africa region to serve needy people and ensure decent life and better community.

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Federico Gonzalez Celaya [PDF]

Federico is the President of the Mexican Association of Food Banks, Counselor of the National Council for the Crusade Against Hunger, partner and co-founder of Grupo Afal (Real State and Restaurant Industry) and a co-founding member of the Foundation Juan Navarrete y Guerrero, an association dedicated to serving the population in poverty.

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Marzena Gersho [PDF]

Marzena is the Director, Communications and National Programs at Food Banks Canada. Her role is focused on raising awareness of the issue of hunger across Canada and working to develop and execute programs and initiatives supporting the food bank network. Previously she held marketing and sales positions at Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, Unilever, and Campbell Canada.

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Karen Hanner [PDF]

Karen is Director of Manufacturer Partnerships for Feeding America, the nation’s leading hunger-relief organization. She leads the manufacturer product sourcing team and drives cross-functional collaboration to broaden and deepen Feeding America’s partnerships with major food and grocery manufacturers, providing a key solution to waste management in communities across the country as well as a critical partner to corporate sustainability commitments.

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Gustavo Fernandez Casares [PDF]

Gustavo is President of Argentina´s Foodbanking Network since 2015 and member of the Board of Directors of Buenos Aires Food Bank since 2008 until today. He is an Agriculture Engineer dedicated to the agribusiness sector (production, trading and export of different products) with experience in Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, and Uruguay.

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Karin Shepardson

Karin is a program manager in the World Bank’s Climate Cross Cutting Solutions Area. She is currently responsible for leading a team coordinating the World Bank Group’s engagement with the Montreal Protocol and the Global Environment Facility. Karin has held various positions in the World Bank since 1994 including operational positions in East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe and Central Asia on a wide range of sustainable development investment programs.

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Lisa Moon [PDF]

Lisa is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN). She is on the community board of the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, a member of the Farm Foundation Round Table, a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as a David Rockefeller Fellow of the Trilateral Commission.

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Jacques Vandenschrik [PDF]

Jacques assumes the European Federation of Food Bank presidency October 21, 2016. He dedicates himself to the humble works of a local food bank. In 2012 he becomes its President and in 2014 was elected Vice-President of the Belgian Federation of Food Banks. “Manage with brain while help with heart” is his moto.

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Raul Alfaro

Raul is a Practice Manager with the World Bank’s Environment & Natural Resources Global Practice in Latin America and Caribbean. He is a passionate advocate for the efficient and cost-effective management of energy, the environment, and natural resources for sustainable development and inclusive green growth in developing countries. Raul’s professional background includes over 15 years of experience in energy, the environment, and sustainable development as a manager, advisor, and researcher in several international organizations with operations in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa.

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Jack Macy [PDF]

Jack is the Commercial Zero Waste Senior Coordinator for the City and County of San Francisco, Department of the Environment. He is an internationally recognized zero waste leader and speaker with 30 years of experience in developing and managing innovative composting, recycling, and other zero waste programs and policies at the local and state level in California and Massachusetts.

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Marina Borgatello [PDF]

Marina is Secretary of the Environment and Public Space in the Municipality of Rosario, Argentina. With more than 13 years of experience working for the public sector, her management goals are aimed at environmental sustainability and maintenance of the public space, which is key to achieving a cleaner and innovative city in terms of waste management and quality of life for all inhabitants.

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Mooho Lee [PDF]

Mooho is leading the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) based Food Wastes Management System for the Korean Environment Corporation (KECO), which aims to contribute to eco-friendly and sustainable development of Korea. Mooho is responsible for supervising the implementation of the “food waste volume rate system” through the RFID base control system which enables collection and management of food waste discharge information.

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Cheryl Coleman [PDF]

Cheryl is Director of the Resource Conservation and Sustainability Division (RCSD) of U.S. EPA’s Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery. RCSD implements EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) program, which promotes long-term sustainable management of materials. With 28 years of experience with materials management, she is responsible for collaborative partnerships with stakeholders across the lifecycle of materials and for developing policy, guidance, and outreach materials on SMM.

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Michael VanderPol [PDF]

Michael is a Senior Program Coordinator for the Waste Reduction and Management Division of Environment and Climate Change Canada. In this role, he provides guidance and subject matter expertise on a variety of waste-related issues, including food waste, and represents Canada on steering committees for food waste and organic waste under the work of NAFTA’s Commission for Environmental Cooperation.

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Edda Fernandez

Edda is the General Director of the Primary and Renewable Natural Resources in Mexico’s Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT). Since 2001 Edda has been the coordinator of advisors for four ministers and SEMARNAT’s chief of staff from 2011-12.She is responsible for SEMARNAT’s international agenda including the articulation of the CEC. Edda also co-chairs the UN’s 10 Year Framework Programs for Sustainable Production and Consumption, an initiative to promote the change toward the sustainable patterns of production and consumption.

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Omar Garfias [PDF]

Omar is Technical Secretary of the Crusade Against Hunger National Policy, the Mexican government’s strategy to combat extreme poverty and food insecurity.  With more than 27 years of experience as a public servant in the social development sector, he has published a book about the popular urban movement in Guanajuato, Mexico and has been an active collaborator in magazines and newspapers in his country.

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Stephen Paul D’Alessandro [PDF]

Stephen is a Senior Agriculture Economist within the Global Engagement Unit of the World Bank’s Agriculture Global Practice. His primary focus is promoting a better understanding of agricultural risks, vulnerability, and growth pathways to stronger resilience.

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Juan Carlos Camargo [PDF]

Juan Carlos graduated from Mexico’s Universidad Iberoamericana with a Degree in Chemical Engineering. He has a Master of Science degree in Environmental Management and Policy from Lund University and 20 years of experience in sustainability and environmental issues. He has worked with Walmart Mexico and Central America for over 10 Years.

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Matthew D. Meredith [PDF]

Matthew a co-founder of LixCap, an economic growth and impact investing advisory firm focused on using private sector capital and discipline to achieve development outcomes. His nuanced expertise in assessing the demand and supply of the agribusiness cold chain in emerging markets, from harvesting to final delivery, is focused on developing commercial infrastructure catalyzed via private sector capital.

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Rodrigo Gouveia [PDF]

Rodrigo has served as the Director of Policy for the International Co-operative Alliance since January 2014. He is responsible for the advocacy and representation of the co-operative movement toward global institutions such as the G20, the UN and its agencies. Previously he was Secretary-General of Euro Coop, the European Community of Consumer Co-operatives (2006-2013) and has been working for the co-operative movement since 1997.

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Cher Mereweather [PDF]

Cher is one of Canada’s leaders in food manufacturing sustainability. As Executive Director of Provision Coalition, an organization she founded with the country’s top food and beverage professional associations, Cher works directly with manufacturers to transform their business culture and operations. An advocate for change and a passionate spokesperson, Cher has dedicated her career to advancing sustainability concepts within the Canadian food industry and sustainability solutions at the firm level.

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Patricia J. Beneke

Patricia has been the Regional Director at U.N. Environment Program’s North America office since May 2014. She served as Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources for nearly 20 years, specializing in legislation and oversight matters relating to energy policy, water resources, and environmental matters. She has taught natural resources law and policy on an adjunct basis at several universities such as Harvard, Columbia, Virginia, among others.

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Farbod Youssefi

Farbod is a Program Coordinator at the World Bank Group’s Agriculture and Food Global Practice. He co-manages the World Bank’s Enabling the Business of Agriculture initiative, used to benchmark key aspects of countries’ regulatory framework for agribusiness.

  Nov 7: The Global Challenges and Dimensions of Food Loss and Waste 
 

Opening Remarks and Workshop Context

Anna Wellenstein
Director for Strategy, Operations, Partnerships, Land and Geospatial
World Bank Group
 
Jane Nishida
Acting Assistant Administrator for International and Tribal Affairs
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
 
Alejandra Espinosa
Coordinator of International Affairs
Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources of Mexico

Renan Poveda
Project Manager / Sr. Environmental Specialist,
The World Bank Group

Cesar Chavez
Executive Director, Commission for Environmental Cooperation
   
   
   
   
     
  Food Loss and Food Waste in the World This panel highlighted highly relevant information on the status of Food Loss and Waste worldwide. The differences between these two challenges were highlighted: while Food Loss refers to weight or nutritional value losses in primary products and at the initial phase of production, transport or storage, Food Waste is about food for human consumption that is discarded during marketing, catering or household consumption due to poor planning or sales forecast (expiration date) or even lack of consumer awareness.

Key data and conclusions from this panel include:
• Around 1/3 of all food grown worldwide is lost or wasted across the value chain each year and it costs the global economy $940 billion each year;
• The emissions produced by world’s food waste represents 8% of annual global greenhouse emissions and it would rank third in the world (if measured as a country);
• Whereas the losses and waste account for 30% of everything that is produced for human consumption, 50% reduction in waste would solve 25% of the supply problem for 2050;
• What gets measured gets managed, and thus the importance to quantify, analyze and determine where food is lost & wasted.
   
  Craig Hanson
  Food Loss & Waste: Introduction and Overview
  Walter Belik
  What Do We Know About Food Losses and Waste in the World?
  Sarah Vared
  A Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste
   
   
   
     
  Food Loss and Waste Challenges in Korea and North America The panel shared specific experiences and main challenges faced by the Republic of Korea, North America, and Mexico with regards to food loss and waste.

Key data and conclusions from this panel include:
• Compared with other developed countries, the Republic of Korea has managed to reduce the amount of food waste. Korea has introduced a number of policy, legal and technical options that include a ban of food waste in landfills, installing a volume rate disposal system, and charging mechanisms through technological approaches;
• Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. have jointly committed to voluntarily implement measures to reduce and recover food waste in line with target 12.3 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which envisions a 50% reduction in global food waste by 2030;
• In Mexico, 34% of the total annual food production is being lost or wasted at an annual economic cost of $36 billion, and GHG contributions from FLW are equivalent to the emissions from14 million vehicles per year.
   
  Mr. Minkuk Kim
  Korea’s Food Waste Management
  David Donaldson
  North American Cooperation on Food Waste
  Genaro Aguilar
  Food Waste in Mexico. A Zero Sum Game?
   
   
  Food Loss and Waste Global Challenges  The first day of the workshop concluded with the delivery of the prospects of the global FLW Agenda by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). FAO provided a summary of its global initiatives developed since the 1970’s and highlighted the following components as part of its strategy to reduce FLW: (i) awareness raising, (ii) collaboration, (iii) research, and (iv) investment programs and projects. (v) The importance of the FLW hierarchy as an approach to address the problem.  
   
  Robert VanOtterdijk
  Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction – SAVE FOOD
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  Nov 8: Approaches to Address Food Loss and Waste
     
  Food Waste Prevention This panel focused on hierarchy and prevention as the most cost effective solutions for addressing FLW.  Different initiatives for waste reduction were presented, including: (i) federal tax deductions for food donation, (ii) quality-differentiated agricultural products and byproducts, (iii) waste to worth research, (iv) cellphone apps, (v) packaging and labeling; and (vi) educational activities (i.e. increasing the school lunch period from 20 to 30 minutes have reduced plate waste by nearly one-third), among others.

Key data and conclusions from this panel include:
• Reducing FLW in a significant way requires a multi-sectorial supply chain approach;
• Three key prevention solutions involve promoting: (i) consumer Educational Campaigns, (ii) Waste Tracking and Analytics, and (iii) Standardized Date Labeling & Important highlighted FLW prevention benefits include: (i) labor cost reductions, (ii) efficiency and savings from waste disposal costs, (iii) environment improvements, & (iv) increased marketing & competitive lead to customer satisfaction and enhanced CSR/green efforts.
   
  Andrew Shakman
  Food Waste Prevention: Overview & Techniques 
   
  Elise Golan
  Food Loss and Waste Prevention in the United States
   
  Preeti S. Ahuja
  Global Food Loss and Waste Prevention 
     
  Food Recovery for Donation The focus of this panel was on national food banks as a solution for preventing FLW while contributing to fight hunger. Food bank representatives from Egypt, Mexico, Canada, U.S., and Argentina presented the key challenges and achievements in terms of institutional strengthening, public awareness, private sector alliances, and legal framework. 

Key data and conclusions from this panel include:
• Through the development of long term private sector partnerships and creative approaches the Egypt Food Bank (EFB) has managed to exponentially increase the food donations, serving as a model for more than 30 Food Banks in North Africa and the Middle East;
• Collecting half of the food that is wasted in Mexico and channeling it to those in need, would help end hunger in the country. Mexico’s food banking network (BAMX) has over 50 banks operating in the country (the second largest food banking network in the world) that benefit over 1.1 million people; 
• $23 billion worth of food is wasted annually in Canada (about a third of food produced and distributed in Canada never gets eaten). Active consumer campaigns that focus on in-home reduction through compositing, improving food purchase and consumption habits help reduce FLW;
• 16 million tons of food is being lost or wasted in Argentina per year, and out of the total collected by the foodbanks, 61% is rescued from industries;
• 42 million people (1 out of 8) are food insecure in America, 13 million of whom are children. The Feeding America Network has a network of 200 member food banks that serve over 46 million Americans annually.

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  Moez El Shohdi
  Food Banking Regional Network 
   
  Federico Gonzalez Celaya
  Banco de Alimentos de México 
   
  Marzena Gersho
  Food Recovery for Donation: Role of Public Awareness 
   
  Karen Hanner
  Together we Can Solve Hunger 
   
  Gustavo Fernandez Casares
  Foodbanks and the Private Sector
     
  The Role Between Feeding People and Food Recovery The importance of global food banking networks was highlighted for the role they play as an intermediate stakeholder between food recovery and social programs that feed people in need. While these programs are successful by and large, food losses are not yet properly channeled to food access to those facing hunger or in need. Food banks are operating in more than 70 countries, rescuing an estimated amount of 1.8 million tons of food annually while serving 57 million people approximately worldwide.

Key data and conclusions from this panel include:

In 2014, 48 million – 9.6 % of the EU population could not afford a decent meal of meat, fish or other protein-rich every second day while 88 million tons of food are wasted in the EU every year.

The majority of diverted food losses are not used to increase access for those facing hunger.
   
  Lisa Moon
  The Role Between Feeding People & Food Recovery 
   
  Jacques Vandenschrik
  The European Federation of Food Banks  
   
   
     
  Food Recycling - Alternative Uses of food Waste This panel analyzed approaches and technologies for food waste recycling (such as composting, animal fed, and bio-digestion) from Korea, San Francisco and Rosario. Social awareness and public outreach campaigns were highlighted as key elements for promoting and encouraging waste segregation at the source, which contributes to FLW reduction. Furthermore, food waste infrastructure, equipment and household approaches were highlighted as important components of efficient integrated solid waste management systems.

Key data and conclusions from this panel include:
• Korea has promoted food waste prevention based on charging households on the amount of food they throw through the RFID system. Since the effort started in 2013, there has been a reduction in FW in the order of 15 tons per day (or a 34% decrease);
• Through an assertive recycling system, San Francisco has managed to promote an active composting campaign (700 tons  per day) that is used for local agriculture. Currently, 99% of all locations city-wide are composting and recycling service compliant;
• Rosario has an active communications and awareness   campaign and the largest composting plant in Latin America.
   
  Jack Macy
  San Francisco’s Food Composting Program 
   
  Marina Borgatello
  Integral Management of Organic Waste in Rosario, Argentina
   
  Mr. Mooho Lee
  Simple and Advance Technology on Waste Tracking of Food Waste Using RFiD
   
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  Nov 9: Public and Private Sector Polices/Strategies on Food Loss and Waste
     
  Environmental Policies to Address Food Loss and Waste This panel highlighted different environmental policies to address FLW in response to the need to embrace a multi-sectoral approach involving public and private sectors. 

Public policies on food loss and waste should consider: (i) setting national goals, priorities, and measurement and prevention strategies, (ii) creating voluntary, incentive-based programs to spur action, (iii) communication strategies and public awareness, (iv)  developing tools and resources for improved data collection, (v) forging new public-private partnerships and expand the existing ones, (vi) renovate the labeling and food safety systems, (vii) build infrastructure that contributes to FLW reductions, and (viii) work among federal, state, and local governments to assist and support sustainable management of food practices and regulations.

Key data and conclusions from this panel include:
• Canada emits 20 metric tons of greenhouse gases across the food life cycle (nearly 3% of the national GHG emissions) and is incorporating FLW as a key element in its National Food Policy.
• Two key elements of Mexico’s National Crusade against Hunger involve (i) minimizing the food loss post-harvest and during storage, transportation, distribution, and commercialization, and (ii) promoting the community participation to eradicate hunger.
   
  Omar Garfias
  National Crusade Against Hunger
   
  Cheryl Coleman
  Environmental Policies to Prevent Food Waste 
   
  Michael VanderPol
  ECCC Engagement on Food Waste Reduction in Canada
   
     
  How the World Bank Contributes to Preventing Food Waste This presentation highlighted the World Bank’s twin goals: (i) lowering the percentage of people living on less than $1.25/day and (ii) fostering well-being and income growth of the bottom 40%.

Within this framework four pillars are considered: (a) boosting investments in agriculture; (b) ensuring climate-smart agriculture; (c) improving nutritional outcomes, and (d) strengthening value chains and improving market access. The World Bank’s agriculture agenda therefore works on improving production, storage, transportation and processing—activities that impact food loss and waste reduction. Furthermore, through the environmental and urban agenda, a number of solid waste management initiatives (e.g. the National Integrated SWM Project in Mexico) are already incorporating FLW as part of their operational agendas.
   
  Stephen Paul D'Alessandro
  Promoting Sustainable Food Systems
   
   
   
  Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainable Initiatives in Food Management
     
  Juan Carlos Camargo As part of the corporate social responsibility or sustainable initiatives, the panel presented strategies that are being developed to prevent, donate or recycle in order to decrease food waste to final disposal sites.  
 
To define a CSR strategy to address food waste it was recommended to address the following questions: how big is the food waste problem that will be addressed; where does food waste occur and why?  How can the problem be tackled? And what is the corporate role to help reduce FLW.

Key data and conclusions from this panel include:
• Food production is the largest singular cause for the loss of world biodiversity;
• Agriculture is responsible for 80% of deforestation, 70% of all freshwater consumption and 30% of greenhouse gas emissions;
• Walmart has increased its food donation by 7.6%  (20,809 metric tons have been donated) and have introduced technological improvements through green box and cold chain systems;
• Understanding the multi-stakeholder perspective to design CSR is a powerful way to improve sustainability and impact for reductions of FLW.
  Foo Waste Reduction Strategy at Walmart Mexico
   
  Matthew D. Meredith
  Lix / Cap Advisory & Capital 
   
  Rodrigo Gouveia
  Co-operatives and Food Losses and Waste: a holistic supply chain approach 
   
  Cher Mereweather
  Sustainable Initiatives in Food Management 
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Renan Alberto Poveda rpoveda@worldbank.org

Nadya Selene Alencastro Larios nalencastro@worldbank.org

Lisa Yao lyao1@worldbank.org

Silpa Kaza skaza@worldbank.org