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On 29 September 2020, we celebrated the first International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste (JISPGN) This is a United Nations initiative; on the International Day each year from now on, the spotlight will be turned on the worldwide issue of food loss and waste.

This is an important issue because at the same time as one third of all the food produced in the world is thrown away, nearly a billion people worldwide are suffering from hunger – we can’t just stand by and do nothing. Quite apart from the moral obligation to deal with the issue, we should not lose sight of its ecological dimension. By reducing and preventing food loss and waste, we can cut down CO2 emissions and reduce our consumption of resources in terms of land and water.

In the Grand Duchy, our aim is to halve food waste by 2030, both in shops and restaurants and by consumers. And the same goes for production; in this sector, we talk of food loss rather than food waste.

In 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture set up a campaign to increase awareness of food waste, aimed primarily at the consumer. Private households are in fact responsible for 42% of overall food waste (an even higher percentage than the food processing industry which is responsible for 39%, restaurants for 14%, and retailers for 5%). That’s why the national plan for waste management (Plan National de Gestion des Déchets) aims to halve food waste by 2030.

As a result it’s perfectly logical that the Ministry of Agriculture should be involved in the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste, making 29 September a focal point for awareness of food loss and waste.

To mark this first International Day devoted to combating food waste, here are a number of worthwhile national initiatives with a view to ensuring that food does not go to waste.

If you have some good ideas of your own and would like to set up a personal project, go ahead and participate in the Call for projects as explained below. The most original ideas will receive financial support from the Ministry of Agriculture.