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Indonesia Food Loss and Waste Action Partnership

Food and Agriculture

The Food Loss and Waste Action Partnership, led by the Food and Land Use Coalition, will build a cross-sector program to reduce food loss and waste in Indonesia by 50 percent by 2030. Indonesia is the fourth most populated country in the world with 11 percent of the population still living below the national poverty line. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates that one-third of all food produced annually for human consumption in the world is lost or wasted. In Indonesia, a country of 260 million people, the equivalent of 300 kilograms (660 pounds) per person is wasted, largely before fruits, vegetables, and grains reach consumers.1 The agricultural sector represents about a third of total employment in Indonesia. More than 90 percent of farming is by small family farmers who would be the primary beneficiaries of food loss saving. The Coalition will use the P4G funding to bring together government ministries, private sector and civil society partners to develop a plan of action to reduce food loss and waste in Indonesia leveraging success with similar approaches in the Netherlands, the UK and the US. The Coalition will support partner companies with strategies and practices to implement better storage technologies, improve shipping and distribution and train staff to help them meet their food loss and waste targets. Supported by a unique combination of partners, including the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the World Resources Institute and the New Climate Economy,the Coalition expects to involve global agri-food companies with operations in Indonesia to join Olam, the leading member of WBCSD’s working group on food loss and waste in the coalition, such as, Yara, Rabobank and Syngenta.