International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste

International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste

The United Nations General Assembly designated 29 September as the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste (IDAFLW).

The goal is to raise awareness to the importance of the problem and its possible solutions at all levels, and to promote global efforts and collective action towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goal Target 12.3, which targets to halve per capita food waste at the retail and consumer level by 2030, and reduce food losses along the food production and supply chains.

International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste

The European Commission welcomes this initiative and joins the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations and other relevant organisations in the global call to action against food loss and waste. Reducing food loss and waste is an integral part of the EU’s Farm to Fork Strategy for a fair, healthy and environmentally friendly food system, which proposes to set legally binding targets to reduce food waste across the EU by 2023.

Watch the video below to learn more about the food loss and waste related actions proposed in the Farm to Fork Strategy:

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International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste 2020

For the first IDAFLW on 29 September 2020, FAO issued a call to action for public authorities (regional, national, local,...), the private sector (farmers, companies, consumer organisations, other Non-Governmental Organisations,...) and individuals worldwide to promote, use and scale-up innovation and technologies to tackle the problem of food loss and waste.

The European Commission contributed to the day by organising a series of activities in order to inform and engage citizens and stakeholders regarding food loss and waste prevention, in partnership with members of the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste.

Social media campaign

The Commission proposed a series of visuals in various EU languages with advice for citizens on how to avoid food waste at home. The visuals were available in different formats, for different social media channels. The Commission invited all stakeholders to circulate the materials with their networks and help raise awareness about ways to prevent food waste at home!



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Other Commission activities

  • The European Commissioner on Health and Food Safety, Stella Kyriakides, issued a Statement on the importance of tackling food waste;
  • A news article co-signed by the European Commissioner Stella Kyriakides and the German Minister for Food and Agriculture, Julia Klöckner, was published in the daily German newspaper WELT.

Participation in stakeholders' events

The European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Stella Kyriakides, and the Deputy Director-General at the EU Commission Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety, Claire Bury, intervened at events organised by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations and the European Food Banks Federation (FEBA) to commemorate the day:

Calendar of events

The members of the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste prepared a series of events and activities to mark the first edition of IDAFLW:

Disclaimer: Information included in the calendar of events does not necessarily represent the official position of the European Commission.

Calendar of events/activities by the members of the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste