Partners in the first nation-wide public-private collaboration aiming to reduce food loss and waste outside the Western world came together in Jakarta in November to kick-off the Indonesia Food Loss and Waste Action Partnership.
In Indonesia, a country of 260 million people, the equivalent of 300 kilograms (660 pounds) per person is wasted every year, largely before fruits, vegetables, fish and grains reach consumers. The agricultural sector represents about a third of total employment in Indonesia. More than 90 percent of farming is by small family farmers who would be the primary beneficiaries of food loss saving.
“This partnership seeks to improve the efficiency of the farm to consumer food supply chain by reducing losses and waste. WBCSD coordinates collaboration with businesses in the food and agriculture sector to bring about benefits throughout the value chain: farmers as they can sell more of the food they grow, food companies whose efficiency will increase, consumers who can save money and society at large by seeing increased food security”
– Peter Bakker, President and CEO, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
Supported by key ministries (Health, Environment and National Development Planning), the partnership brings together private sector and civil society, including delegates from multiple organizations of FOLU Ambassadors and Partners, such as GAIN, Rabobank, Olam, and Yara, all sharing the partnership’s ambition: to support SDG 12.3 on halving food loss and waste and to develop and realize a plan of action to drastically cut food loss and waste in Indonesia, a country of 260 million people with the second highest per capita food loss and waste rates in the world.
The Partnership is convened by the Food and Land Use Coalition and coordinated by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development with financial support from P4G, the Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals.