Measure to reduce: Agriculture presents the Operational Table of Losses and Food Sustainability

21 Jun 2022

The Ministry of Food, Bioeconomy and Regional Development presented this tool that estimates waste based on the information provided by the participating companies, and these values ​​can be expressed in tons, as a percentage of waste, as well as the value in local currency.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of the Nation presented the Tablero Operativo de Lesas y Sostenibilidad de Alimentos, a tool that was built collaboratively and that seeks to advance in the approach to food waste from the perspective of the retail trade sector -specifically the supermarket subsector-, as well as with the industry that produces food and beverages, through a space for dialogue and exchange.

The activity was carried out by the Ministry of Food, Bioeconomy and Regional Development (SAByDR), in charge of the National Plan for the Reduction of Food Losses and Waste (PNRPDA), within the framework of supporting the tools that emerged from cooperation because they generate quality information that is essential for the design and implementation of public and/or private policies that become institutional, organizational, technological, financial solutions, etc., for the effective prevention and reduction of food losses and waste.

During the opening of the event, the director of Added Value and Quality Management, Pablo Morón, highlighted that “anything that involves collecting information that allows us to make the right decisions and that tends to reduce food losses, I think it is something that we have to accompany, and it is something in which we feel accompanied”.

The development of the Loss Board arises within the scope of the Industries and Retail Working Group of the National Plan. It is coordinated by GS1 Argentina and made up of important supermarket chains and companies from the country’s industry and production, organizations such as COPAL, the Argentine Network of Food Banks; as well as international institutions such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Consumer Goods Forum.

In particular, for the design and implementation of the Dashboard, an alliance was established with the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of the Nation and with the United Nations Program for the Environment, who supported through financial assistance in the framework of the Project “Strengthening the technical and institutional capacity for Sustainable Consumption and Production in Argentina” and the National SCP Strategy.

For its part, the FAO has accompanied this process through the third edition of the report on food waste in Supermarkets and Supermarkets in Argentina, this time with the 2021 operational information, that is, the results of the Dashboard itself and under the title: “Tools for more efficient management in the value chain”.

The value of this Dashboard lies in the fact that it estimates the waste based on the information provided by the participating companies, and these values ​​can be expressed in tons, in percentage of waste, as well as the value in local currency. It should be noted that the participating supermarket chains represent 61% of the total segment called Self chains -one of the four mass consumption channels in the country-, which constitutes approximately 40% of the total food consumption in the country.

In this way, both supermarket and marketing companies and food and beverage manufacturing companies can access this information in a detailed and stratified manner, in order to identify when, how, where and why product losses occur. their products.

This first version of the product is online, it has a very simple and friendly format. From a glossary with definitions and concepts, the various classifications of the results, to the institutional framework of public-private partnership that has made this Board a reality. This tool is expected to facilitate the realization of the second estimate of FLW in Argentina, a project that is already underway with support from the IDB, and that it will also contribute to the voluntary report of the Food Waste Index (IDA) for goal 12.3 of the SDGs. At the same time, it could motivate the implementation of similar initiatives in the Latin American and Caribbean region.

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Source: Diario Norte