For its 3rd edition the SAVE FOOD Congress held today at Congress Center Süd of the Düsseldorf exhibition center as part of interpack 2017 will pursue a multi-dimensional approach for fighting food losses and waste.
“The speakers from political circles, the food and packaging industries, retail, research and civil society represent a global but also detailed perspective focusing on details and national conditions. The congress again provides participants with a forum for mutual exchange as well as for identifying and sharing Best Practices. In its sixth year, this Initiative of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and Messe Düsseldorf has more than 850 members from industry, associations, research institutes and NGOs,” according to the organizers.
The opening speeches for the one-day Congress will be presented by Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, President & CEO of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, and Kostas G. Stamoulis, Deputy Director General of the Economic and Social Development Department of the FAO. In his talk he will deal with the challenges of global nutrition in the 21st century. After that, he and Dornscheidt will sign a Memorandum of Understanding about the further collaboration of FAO and Messe Düsseldorf as key partners of the SAVE FOOD Initiative.
Dr. Klaus Heider, Head of the “Nutrition Policy, Product Safety, Innovation” Department in the German Ministry for Nutrition and Agriculture, will then present the campaign “Too Good for the Bin”. The Keynote speech of the conference will be given by Vytenis Andriukaitis, as EU commissioner responsible for food security in Europe.
“In the second session of the Congress, the speakers will look beyond their own backyards and deal with food waste and losses in the context of global issues of the future as well as of industry and retail. Dr. Prajal Pradhan from the Research Area Climate Impact and Vulnerability at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research will highlight the effects food waste and losses with respect to global climate. Vinita Bali, Chairman of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition will talk about global future issues and Dr. Gerald Rebitzer, Sustainability Director at Amcor Flexibles will present the special involvement of his company. Dr. Johannes Bergmair of the World Packaging Organisation will describe the correlation between packaging design and SAVE FOOD,” the organizers mention.