Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM (EDT)
Waldorf Astoria New York
301 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Event registration is by invitation only. Register with your email address to attend this event
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Agency for International Development invite you to attend “Food Loss and Waste: Innovative Solutions to Feed the World.” On the margins of the 70th U.N. General Assembly, this event will focus on the problem of global food loss and waste, an important component of President Obama’s Feed the Future initiative. USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden will gather with experts and stakeholders to highlight a range of interconnected solutions, including good governance, innovation, public-private partnerships, and markets.
High levels of food loss and waste, an amount which the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) estimates is 30 percent of the global food supply, strains our ability to sustainably nourish our growing population while also safeguarding our natural resources. Exciting new technologies and processes are beginning to tackle the root causes of the problem, including the difficult logistics of efficiently and effectively getting varying volumes of perishable food products to consumers. This event will enhance the solutions dialogue by convening a wide range of experts and stakeholders to closely examine emerging approaches for building networks to reduce food loss and waste.
Speakers will discuss how, when, and where to improve and deploy technologies that connect farmers to markets and, in some cases, create markets where none had previously existed. These markets generate income for farmers, improve food security and, in the process, reduce food loss and waste. Meanwhile, in situations where food donations are called for, technologies are connecting food donors, including farmers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers with food banks, pantries, and other charitable outlets.
This event will focus on three key elements of building networks to reduce food loss and waste:
- Good governance to encourage innovation,
- Technologies that link farmers with markets, and
- Technologies that connect excess wholesome food to food banks and pantries.
A continental breakfast will be provided.
Note: Please note that safe, wholesome food left over from breakfast will be appropriately donated to a local food bank.
We hope you can make it!