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Food loss and waste reduction and management

Every year around the globe 1.3 billion tonnes of food is lost or wasted that is 1/3 of all food produced for human consumption

Despite the growing attention from the academic world, civil society and policy makers, the debate on food losses and waste (FLW) is still affected by a lack of a consensus over its definition and scope boundaries, the conditions that lead to their creation and the quantification along the food supply chain. Moreover, as policies and policy proposals are emerging, there is a greater need for quantification and analysis of policy interventions.

This course follows a comprehensive approach, highlighting the importance of food loss and waste in current food systems, identifying main actors and critical points along the food supply chain and reviewing quantitative and qualitative approaches to assess food waste. Special attention is paid to ongoing and expected public and private initiatives to reduce food waste. The course combines theoretical considerations with case studies to review the landscape of food losses and waste in Mediterranean and other European countries.

At the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Better appreciate the magnitude of the problem and differentiate the diverse types of losses and their implications.
  • Identify the main actors and hot spots for food loss and waste in different food systems/chains.
  • Recognize the causes of loss and waste, involving the stakeholders in their identification and in the problem solving process.
  • Understand alternative measures of food loss and waste.
  • Better assess the economic, social and environmental impacts of food loss and waste under different scenarios.
  • Propose ideas to valorize food loss/waste.
  • Raise public awareness about the importance of reducing loss and communicate issues and solutions to a target audience.

The course is jointly organized by the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM), through the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza (IAMZ), the EU H2020 funded project REFRESH (Resource Efficient Food and dRink for the Entire Supply cHain) and the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA). The course will take place at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza and will be given by well qualified lecturers from international institutions, and universities, NPOs, research centres, government departments and private companies in different countries.


21 Jan 2019 @ 09:00 am

25 Jan 2019 @ 05:00 pm

Duration: 4 days, 8 hours



1005 Avenida Montañana

50059 Zaragoza


Organised by

CIHEAM - Mediterranean Agronomic Institute Zaragoza

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