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Exploring food waste reduction potential and return on investment

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According to the European Environment Agency (EEA)1, around 86 million tonnes (173 kg per person) of food are wasted each year in the EU along the food value chain, which is about 20% of all food produced.


While, the UN Sustainable Development Goals aim to halve food waste by 2030, some actions are taken at EU level to enforce a holistic and preventative approach on food waste. As a matter of fact preventing food waste could significantly reduce the environmental impacts of food production, processing and transportation, with far greater benefits than those of recycling food waste.


Apart from social and environmental positive impacts for the society as a whole, studies show a positive financial return on investment for public and private entities which engage in food waste prevention actions as well as savings for consumers. High impacts’ actions can therefore be taken to change consuming habits notably by improving knowledge and awareness on levels and consequences of food waste; influencing attitudes and behaviors that lead to food waste through education or awareness-raising campaigns.


To dig into this subject, this Policies & Practices exchange will address the following questions:


  • The impacts of prevention towards food waste (environmental and economical in particular);
  • The role each stakeholder can play to influence behaviors and to shift mindset about food waste;
  • The  potential link between reduction of food waste and more sustainable dietary habits.


To address these questions, we will welcome :




Oksana Sapiga, Communication and Partnerships Specialist, Food Loss and Waste Reduction programme in Europe and Central Asia, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


Oksana Sapiga works for FAO’s Food Loss and Waste Reduction programme in Europe and Central Asia as Communication and Partnerships Specialist. Ms Sapiga supports the efforts to raise  awareness and knowledge about food loss and waste reduction in the countries of Europe and Central Asia and to advance cross-disciplinary collaboration between various actors and relevant interest groups at national and regional levels. 


Ms Sapiga is a Marketing graduate and communications professional and has over 10 years of practical experience gained in advertising and consulting industries. During her career, Ms Sapiga has worked with various stakeholders, including government authorities, business communities, NGOs, media and public. 




 - Katerina Antanevich, Assistant liaison officer, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


Katerina Antonevich is an International Consultant Sociologist in Food Supply Chain and Consumption, working in FAO Food Loss and Waste Reduction programme in Europe and Central Asia. Her activities are aimed at identifying and studying entry points for behaviorally-informed interventions and other measures to challenge behavior to reduce food loss an waste across the Supply Chain and at consumer level.


Katerina has received a BA in Business and conflict management and MA in Gender and Peacebuilding. From “work with your fork” to a broader range of activities and events aimed at achieving food security for all, “food and agriculture” was always a crosscutting theme across her engagements through work and life experiences.




 - Thomas Candeal, Project Manager, International Food Waste Coalition


Thomas Candeal currently works for the International Food Waste Coalition as a project manager working with diverse stakeholders of the HaFS sector to reduce food waste along their value chains. Previously he worked in the start-up community at Eqosphere on circular economy issues and as a consultant providing practical guidance in sustainable innovation to businesses and other organizations.




 - Nora Brüggemann, Senior Project Manager, Collaborating Center on sustainable consumption and production (CSCP)


Nora Brüggemann, Senior Project Manager at the Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP), moderates and coordinates the Dialogue Forum for Retail and Wholesale against food waste in Germany. 






[1] Bio-waste in Europe — turning challenges into opportunities — European Environment Agency (europa.eu)



Tuesday 28 November, 2023





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