Chile is part of the Regional Strategy for Prevention and Reduction of Food Loss and waste (FLW) for Latin America and the Caribbean, facilitated by FAO. Accordingly, Chile established a FLW National Committee conformed by government, civil society and academia. This initiative responds to the pritorities set by the committee related to identify methodologies for the quantification of FLW in order to contribute to target 12.3 (2030 Agenda) and practices for prevention and reduction.

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Sustainability themes

Sectors of activity
Agricultural and Fishery, Scientific Research, Development and Innovation

Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation, Research, Analysis, Assessment

Type of lead actor
Government / public sector

Budget
79000 US$

Start date
29/03/2018

End date
30/03/2019

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Sara Granados

Food systems regional advisor

FAO

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Objectives

The project’s main objective is to contribute to reduce food loss, through adapting and validating a methodology for food loss quantification in fruit and vegetables chains, and knowledge sharing on best practices to producers and other relevant stakeholders.
Specific Objectives:
• Gather information regarding food loss in Chile, in particular in the fruit and vegetable chains that are relevant in the domestic market.
• Adapt and validate to the Chilean reality an international methodology for fruit and vegetable loss quantification.
• Identify the main causes of fruit and vegetable loss in Chile, and better practices to prevent and reduce it.
• Strengthen capacities and promote the exchange of experiences of producers and other relevant stakeholders on prevention and reduction of fruit and vegetables losses.

Activities

A. Development and validation of a Baseline of FLW for Chile. this activity is underway and includes: i. Literature review about FLW situation in fruit and vegetables chains in Chile; ii. Stakeholders consultation about FLW situation in fruit and vegetables chains in Chile; and iii. Literature review on current methodologies and best practices on FLW assessment e.g. WRAP, FUSIONS.
B. Development and validation of an adapted quantifycation methodology for FWL assessment fruit and vegetables chains in Chile. This activiy includes: i. Validation of adapted methodology by key actors and expert consultation; ii. Pilot implementation; iii. Analysis of the information and development of technical guideline on FLW prevention and reduction in the fruit and vegetable chain in Chile.
C. Sharing knowledge activities. This activity is programmed for first semester of 2019 and includes national workshops with FLW National Committee Sustainable Consumption and Production(SCP) National Committee, and also the participation in International Seminars on FLW.

Impact and Results

The main outcome of the project is to enable more efficient and inclusive food systems in Chile, through preventing and reducing food losses in the productive phase of fruit and vegetables chains relevant in the Chilean domestic market. This outcome will be the result of the generation of information regarding causes of food loss, as well as the identification of the best practices, that should be implemented by producers and other relevant stakeholder.
Through the Project it is expected to reach 100 direct beneficiaries from the Chilean fruit and vegetables chains. These beneficiaries will receive the knowledge regarding the best practices on how to prevent and reduce food loss. Additionally, ten relevant actors from Argentina and Uruguay will also be considered in the knowledge sharing activities. The pilot to validate the food loss quantification methodology will take place on three different companies of the fruit and vegetables chains.
On the other hand, the project will benefit indirectly the whole fruit and vegetables sector. According to the agricultural census of 2007, there were 34.000 horticultural farms and 97.552 fruit farms in Chile. The vegetable surface in 2015 was of 63.776 hectares while, there were 305.000 hectares for fruit production.

Next steps and how to get involved

Stakeholders involved in prevention and reduction of food losses and waste are invited to contribute with their lessons and experiences. We want to engage actors from public and private sector already measuring FLW to share their progress and methods, but also all those interested in the sustainability of the chilean food system.