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Reducing Food Loss and Waste Workshop
October 17, 2018, Washington, DC
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  Project Information  

Project Scope
Meetings and Events
Committee Membership



Project Scope

An expert committee under the Science and Technology for Sustainability program will organize a workshop in 2018 focused on addressing the impacts of reducing food loss and waste on 1) farmers, 2) food prices, 3) food availability, and 4) the environment. 

Major objectives of the workshop will include:

• To explore the significant impacts of reducing food loss and waste on farmers incomes, food prices, food availability, and the environment;
• To identify critical data and research needs for improving existing approaches, taking into account the costs and benefits of reducing food loss and waste;
• To examine the role of governments, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector in adopting best practices to improve benefits and reduce costs; and
• To discuss opportunities for partnerships to address the issues of food loss and waste.

The format will include plenary and multi-partner panels for the four impact areas addressing a variety of sustainability challenges and opportunities, including, but not limited to, critical data needs, research gaps, and opportunities for partnerships. The workshop will build on two previous workshops hosted by STS addressing the sustainability challenges associated with providing food security  The workshop will include participants from government, the private sector, academia, and non-governmental organizations involved in food loss and waste issues. A summary of the event will be prepared and distributed broadly to interested parties.

Meetings & Events

October 17, 2018 Washington, DC
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Committee Members

  • Ann Bartuska (Chair), Vice President for Land, Water, and Nature Program, Resources for the Future
  • Alison Grantham, Director, Food Systems Research and Development, Blue Apron
  • Lucyna Kurtyka, Senior Scientific Program Director, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research
  • Prabhu Pingali (NAS), Professor, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management and Founding Director, Tata-Cornell Agriculture and Nutrition Initiative, Cornell University
  • Brian Roe, Van Buren Professor, Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, Ohio State University


The project is supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Bayer CropScience and ConAgra Foods.