save food congress 2014 brings together international organizations, industry, research and civil society

three years after its establishment at the first save foodcongress, the save food initiative has already grown into abroadbased international alliance with over 110 members. thesecond save food congress takes up this idea and provides anetwork of representatives from the field of politics, the food andpackaging industry, business, research and civil society. in awideranging programme with competent and distinguishedspeakers, diverse aspects of the problem will be highlighted andsolution approaches outlined. the congress offers participants aforum for the mutual exchange of ideas, for work projects and theidentification and analysis of best practices. the twodaycongress begins the day before interpack and therefore will takeplace on 7 and 8 may 2014 at the exhibition grounds of messed&uumlsseldorf.each day of the congress will have a different focus. on the firstday, the spotlight will be on the major political and civil societyapproaches. toine timmermans, coordinator of the eu projectfusions, and james lomax, programme officer agrifood atthe un environment programme unep, will present the activitiesof the major international organizations in relation to the issue offood waste and loss. robert van otterdijk, agroindustry officer ofthe food and agriculture organization fao, will demonstrate,based on case studies from kenya, how food loss in developingand emerging countries can be effectively combated. tristramstuart, founder of the campaign &ldquofeeding the 5000 will explainhow food, which would ultimately have ended up on the rubbishtip, can still feed many people. panel discussions will includespeakers such as steven t. sonka, emeritus professor of theuniversity of illinois, who will be talking about lossfree agriculture,jeffrey d. klein, president of the global foodbanking network,who will be discussing the positive work of the die tafeln e.v. 2 3initiative, and selina juul, initiator of &ldquostop wasting food&rdquo, whowill be speaking about the opportunities for consumers to actagainst food waste. solutions for africa will be presented amongstothers by adrian van der knaap from the un world foodprogramme and wafaa el khoury from the international fund foragriculture development .the second day of the congress will deal with best practice casesfrom industry and individual companies. primarily businessrepresentatives will be given the opportunity here to comment andwill participate in panel discussions. speakers from industrypartners such as tetrapak, dow, maersk and nestl&eacute will bepresenting their successful case studies. the programme oflectures will be supplemented and diversified, as on the first day,with several panel discussions. in addition, director and moviemaker valentin thurn will be showing clips from his movie &ldquofoodsavers which focuses on practical approaches to reduce themountains of wasted food.apart from the congress, visitors can see innovationparcpackaging, a unique signature feature of interpack and the tradefair&rsquos own forum for futureoriented special topics. concretepractical solutions will be shown including current innovationsfrom different companies to reduce food loss.the full programme for 7 and 8 may is available on the web sitewww.savefood.org at &ldquocongress 2014&rdquo.&ldquoas a meeting point for international decision makers from allrelevant areas, it is the intention of the save food congress topool expertise, encourage dialogue, exploit synergies and givenew impetus. i am certain that the congress will have a decisiveimpact on promoting our common objective,&rdquo said werner m.dornscheidt, president and ceo of messe d&uumlsseldorf gmbh.save food is a joint initiative of the fao, unep and messed&uumlsseldorf.about one third of all food produced for human consumption isthrown away or lost worldwide that amounts to approx. 1.3 billiontons each year. one out of 8 people are starving worldwide. lessthan a quarter of the food currently lost worldwide would beenough to feed these people. the intention is to take a furtherimportant step in the right direction on 7 and 8 may 2014. 3 04 april 2014about save foodthe save food initiative is a cooperation of the food and agricultureorganization of the united nations fao and messe d&uumlsseldorf gmbh toaddress global food loss and waste. the united nations environmentprogramme unep has also supported the initiative since the beginning of2013. save food wishes to bring together stakeholders from industry, politicsand research, stimulate dialogue and help to develop solutions along the foodvalue chain. a further aim is to initiate and promote own save food projectswith industry support. save food started in may 2011 with an internationalcongress and exhibition as part of interpack, the world&rsquos leading trade fair forthe packaging industry and related process industry. at interpack 2014 ind&uumlsseldorf on 7 and 8 may, experts from industry, politics and civil society willmeet together again to discuss the issue of food waste and loss. moreinformation is available at www.savefood.org.&nbsp

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