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Take part in the global research network on reduction of food losses & food waste –
be part of the solution!

Reducing food losses & food waste (FLW) is a key global challenge to ensure sufficient and healthy food into the future, and to use available arable land as efficiently as possible. And it is an existing challenge for all nations as an unacceptable amount of FLW occurs in all parts of the world – in developing as well as in emerging and highly industrialized countries.

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Against this background the 2015 annual Meeting of Agricultural Chief Scientists of G20 states (MACS) emphasized the decisive importance of research to reduce FLW. At their Turkey meeting MACS agreed that a subset of G20 members, led by Germany, would conduct a survey of current research and technology approaches to reducing FLW throughout the whole food value chain in G20 countries and beyond.

The objective of this information platform is to generate a pool of (i) FLW expert profiles and (ii) FLW research activities, results and advanced technologies. Each scientist engaged in FLW research has the chance to entry their own expert profile as well as their corresponding FLW projects. The data, which is a resource for all to use, shall be regularly complemented by entries from scientists and research funding bodies in order to keep the platform up-to-date and to aid international collaboration.

We ask for your understanding that our Global Platform for Experts and Research is currently unavailable for technical reasons. We are working flat out to restore it. If you would like us to inform you about the relaunch, please do not hesitate to send us an email at felicitas.schneider@thuenen.de and we will contact you. Thank you!

Benefits for you as scientist registering your profile and projects are:

  • offering yourself as an expert and as a potential partner in international FLW research consortia,
  • having a research tool at one’s disposal to find eligible partners worldwide for your own project activities.

Value for political decision makers is:

  • to get an overview of completed and current FLW research and technology approaches and the leading experts/institutions behind them,
  • to find experts/consultants in order to establish future FLW policy and research strategies,
  • to implement national and international FLW research funding programmes considering the state of the science, focusing on knowledge gaps, and avoiding overlaps and unnecessary research duplication. 

The following survey is split into two parts, the creation of your expert profile and the registration of your projects.

Sustainability Special Issue on national FLW strategies now available

Dr. Thomas Schmidt, Stefan Lange and Dr. Felicitas Schneider from Thünen Institute worked as guest-editors for a special issue of the Journal "Sustainability" addressing „National Food Loss and Waste Prevention Strategies and Monitoring approaches – an interdisciplinary challenge for decision makers, researchers and practice“.

Finally, we achieved the valuable contribution from 10 international author groups who went successfully through the review process. The papers include experiences from all five continents. They are freely available for download here through open access. We would like to thank all colleagues who shared their valuable insights with us!

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