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International Conference on Food Loss and Waste to be held in Jinan from Sept. 9 to 11

2021/9/7 16:10:52

The State Council Information Office (SCIO) held a press conference in Beijing on the morning of September 7, announcing that the International Conference on Food Loss and Waste, organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, National Development and Reform Commission, National Food and Strategic Reserves Administration, and Shandong Provincial People’s Government, and themed “Reducing Food Loss and Waste for Global Food Security”, will be held from September 9 to 11 in Jinan, capital of Shandong province.

Food loss and waste has been identified as a shared challenge of the international community. While seeking solutions to this issue, the world continues to suffer from the impact of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic and faces frequent extreme natural disasters caused by climate change. In this context, the holding of an international conference on food loss and waste was proposed.

According to Li Meng, vice governor of Shandong province, the conference will be held both online and on site, with an on-site visit activity held in the morning of September 10 and the opening ceremony of the conference held in the afternoon, inviting relevant leaders and representatives of countries and international organizations to give a speech. Three thematic forums are scheduled to be held on September 11 focusing respectively on reducing food loss in production, reducing post-harvest food loss, and reducing food waste in consumption. It is expected that “Jinan Initiative on International Food Loss and Waste” will be released during the conference, and Shandong Provincial Action on Food Loss and Waste will be launched.

The conference will be addressed online by the agricultural ministers of Italy, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Indonesia, and other G20 member states, the special envoy of the United Nations Food Systems Summit, the director-general of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, and other leading individuals of international agencies, as well as representatives of Uruguay, Serbia, Fiji, the African Union, and other countries and regions.

The conference will be attended by ambassadors to China from 15 countries including Australia, Canada, Ireland, and Chile, representatives from more than 50 countries, more than 40 internationally renowned experts, and heads of many multinational companies. It will be the largest international event held by China in the field of agriculture since the outbreak of the pandemic.

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