Community of Practice on Food Loss and Waste in Indonesia

A research conducted by World Resource Institute (WRI) showed that about 24 % of all calories currently produced for human consumption are lost or wasted. In the developing countries, such as Indonesia, most of food lost occurred in the farm; during harvest, storage and transportation.

To tackle food loss and waste in Indonesia efficiently, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) in collaboration with Indonesia Business Council for Sustainable Development (IBCSD) conducted Community of Practice (CoP) discussion on food loss and waste, on 11 July 2019 in Jakarta. The aims of the meeting are to share Voluntary Agreement (VA) approach, used by WRAP for many years in the UK, to ensure stakeholders’ commitment in addressing food loss and waste reduction, as well as to share initiatives from Indonesian companies in tackling this problem in their supply chain.

As Peter Skelton, Expert from WRAP said, “reducing food loss and waste, requires cooperation from all key actors, such as government, private sectors, experts, academic, NGOs and donors to develop target reduction strategies”. The Voluntary Approach (VA) approach that emphasize on strong government support, commitment from private sectors and sustainable funding would be an input to solve food loss and waste problem in Indonesia. Nestlé, one of the IBCSD member also shared its practice by giving a holistic view regarding food loss in Nestlé ‘s supply chain and emphasizing the importance of incorporating productivity loss to the food loss measurement. According to Wisman Djaja, Director of Sustainable Agriculture Development Nestlé Indonesia, “The Government of Indonesia should take a lead in coordinating between sectors and forward thinking companies can play a significant role in leading a way towards a more sustainable system”

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