The Food and Agriculture Organisation's (FAO) 31st Regional Conference for the Near East has called for a 50% reduction of food losses and food waste in the region in order to improve regional food security.
Concluding a week-long session, the conference called on FAO to assist its Member Countries in drawing up a plan to halve the amount food they currently lose or waste in the next 10 years.
Annual losses in grains are estimated at more than 16 million tonnes across the region. Some 15% of vegetables and legumes and more than 30% of perishable foods such as fruit, vegetables, dairy products, meat and fish are also wasted annually.
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