IDE Online Magazine Mayo 2017 - Page 110

SAVE FOOD Congress as part of interpack 2017: Messe Düsseldorf and FAO sign Prolongation of their Cooperation

Messe Düsseldorf and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have agreed on continuing their cooperation for the coming years as part of the SAVE FOOD Initiative. Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, President and CEO of Messe Düsseldorf, andsavefood, FAO signed a corresponding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during the SAVE FOOD Congress 2017 on 4 May at interpack in Düsseldorf. As early as 2013, two years after the official launch of SAVE FOOD at interpack 2011, the cooperation had already been initiated by such a document. UNEP, the United Nations Environmental Programme is another partner of the initiative.

Commenting on this Werner M. Dornscheidt said: “The SAVE FOOD Initiative has developed very well over the past six years. Over 850 companies, associations, research institutes and NGOs are now our members. We are very pleased to be able to further expand this strong alliance together with the FAO to continue fighting the problem of global food losses and waste in a targeted manner and with joint forces.”

“We can only counter the problem of the tremendous extent of food waste and losses, the latter especially hitting developing nations, by joining forces with the industry and other partners. The SAVE FOOD Initiative provides the industry with a platform to network on and become involved in concrete projects. This way the problem can be addressed for the benefit of all,” underscores Kostas Stamoulis.

The SAVE FOOD Initiative pursues the aim of reducing global food losses and waste by successive measures that build upon each other. At first awareness is raised about the problem and then the expertise of both public and private organisations is pooled. The aim is to give members a forum for networking hoping this will result in fundamental

strategies and, in the final analysis, concrete involvement and investment possibilities.

Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, President and CEO of Messe Düsseldorf