The National Dialogue Forum for Reduction of Food Waste in Wholesale and Retail Kicks-Off in Berlin, 21 April 2020

The German Federal Government has set a clear target: Significant reduction of food waste along the entire food supply chain by 2030. Within the framework of this agenda, the Federal Minister of Agriculture, Julia Klöckner will officialy launch the Dialogue Forum for Reduction of Food Waste in Wholesale and Retail (HandelsforumRVL) on 21 April 2020 in Berlin.

In addition to presenting the objectives of the Dialogue Forum, which include the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal SDG 12.3 that aims to halve food waste in the wholesale and retail sectors, the inaugural meeting will provide a large-scale opportunity for exchange between relevant stakeholders. These include wholesalers and retailers as well as representatives of the food supply chain and civil society actors. One of the meeting’s objectives is to identify effective reduction measures in the wholesale and retail sectors. For this purpose, a call for ideas in the form of innovative, measurable and replicable demonstration projects was launched earlier this year. During the Berlin inaugural meeting, selected ideas will be presented and their plausability as demonstration projects will be discussed.

The strategic role of the wholesale and retail sectors in reducing food waste has been increasingly foregrounded. On one hand, wholesale and retail companies can continue to exploit the existing optimisation potential in their own markets. On the other hand, being a direct ‘bridge to the consumers’ as well as an interface to food production, retail companies in particular can work in both directions towards a more sensible handling of food in society.

The CSCP coordinates and moderates the Dialogue Forum (handelsforumRVL) in collaboration with the Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut and in line with the National Strategy for Reducing Food Waste. The Dialogue Forum, which started work in autumn 2019, is funded bv the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) based on a decision of the parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany via the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) under the Federal Program for Ecological Farming and Other Forms of Sustainable Agriculture.

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