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Institutional designs for food loss and waste prevention

Óscar Alfonso, Professor of the Externado Economics Faculty, addressed the need for political policies to mobilize to Latin America and the Caribbean the humanitarian problem of food shortages in Venezuela.

The statement was expressed before the Parliamentary Front against Hunger and the III Regional Dialogue for Food Losses and Waste Prevention, organized by the FAO.

One of the great incongruities of the world today is that while millions of people die of starvation or malnutrition, a considerable amount of the food supply, which could alleviate these social necessities, is lost or wasted.

Faced with this panorama, the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) leads a program to reduce food waste.

Professor Óscar Alfredo Alfonso was the keynote speaker at the Third Regional Dialogue for Food Losses and Waste Prevention, held June 6-8, 2017, in Santiago de Chile.

Before the Parliamentary Front against Hunger and members of the Network against Food Loss and Waste, the professor presented his approaches to institutional designs to combat food losses and waste. Also, he indicated the need for political action to mobilize Latin America and the Caribbean, given the humanitarian problem of food shortages in Venezuela.

According to Alfonso, currently, there are several issues impacting the loss of food; acres of land, planted and never harvested or distributed; food supplies that spoil and lose their suitability for human consumption, and, finally, the waste of food in homes, restaurants, and other consumption venues.