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April 2015

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Initiative now has more than 350 sponsors from business, NGOs and research

With the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (German Association for International Cooperation - GIZ), the SAVE FOOD initiative has gained a high-profile partner with political backing. The number of members who have committed to fight food waste and food loss has increased to 120. They are mainly from the industrial sector, including both individual companies and industry associations. In addition, some 230 NGOs and research establishments have registered at sponsors through the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The GIZ is the first organization with close ties to the German government to become a member.

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit supports the German government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. The reduction of food losses is an important issue for many projects in developing countries that promote agricultural value chains. In this context, public-private partnerships play an important role. In February 2015, the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has therefore commissioned GIZ to become a partner of the Save Food Initiative.

The commitment by industry to reduce food loss and waste will also be a focus at the SAVE FOOD Meeting 2015, hosted by Nestlé in Vevey, Switzerland on May 12, 2015. With the motto “Private sector support for food loss and waste reduction projects”, decision-makers from industry, science and research as well as policy-makers and individuals from civil society will meet at this event to share ideas. Facilitating the networking of these different companies and institutions with the aim of providing a platform for generating concrete actions is one of the core objectives of the SAVE FOOD initiative.

The food value chain in developing countries in the Sub-Saharan region and the reduction of food losses there will then be a main topic at the third Food Processing & Packaging Exposyum (FPPE) in Nairobi, Kenya, from November 3 - 5, 2015. This trade fair with symposium will address the entire process – from the first processing stages to filling and packaging to logistics – against the backdrop of the different local business structures, developments and needs. As a partner of the SAVE FOOD initiative, the FAO will put together the agenda for one of the three conference days. GIZ will participate with a presentation.



The SAVE FOOD initiative is a cooperation between the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Messe Düsseldorf GmbH against worldwide food losses and food waste. SAVE FOOD seeks to network between the relevant players in business, government and research, encourage dialogue and help to find solutions along the food value chain. Another goal is to initiate and promote special SAVE FOOD projects with support from industry. SAVE FOOD was launched in Düsseldorf, Germany in May 2011 with an international congress and an exhibition as part of interpack, the world’s leading trade fair for the packaging industry and the related processing sectors. More information at         

About GIZ:

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a federal enterprise with worldwide operations. It supports the German Government in the fields of international cooperation for sustainable development and international education. GIZ helps individuals and societies to develop their own prospects and improve their living conditions.

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