The French Minister of Agriculture, Stéphane Le Foll, recently signed the second National Pact Against Food Waste for the period of 2017-2020. This plan aims for a 50% reduction in food waste by 2025, through encouraging better management of unsold food products and food donations, by reinforcing innovation and partnerships between actors, deploying new communication tools and better quantifying this phenomenon.
The first pact, launched in 2013, allowed for spreading best practices and initiatives through its monitoring committee, and to further spread their adoption by citizens and their positive effects by launching calls for national and regional projects, and creating mobilization with the National Day Against Food Waste on Oct. 16. It also made the process of donating food products easier that until now were destroyed or thrown out, as well as promoting activities that increased these products’ value.
The second pact aims to amplify this mobilization by strengthening its governance and engaging in new actions. After the donation of dairy products in 2013, eggs in 2014, and fruits, vegetables and potatoes in 2016, this new pact against food waste will also include a commitment by the government to support the donation of low-processed meats to food aid and nutrition assistance organizations (for example, food banks).
The signatories of the pact commit themselves to act and to raise awareness in their production chains, to implement processes for recovering unsold food products, and to adapting portion sizes. They also have committed to putting in place indicators to evaluate the results of their actions taken each year.
Six themed working groups have been created to give fresh momentum to the fight against food waste. These will work on indicators and measuring food waste, managing unsold food products and food donations, efficiency, innovation and partnerships, raising awareness, promoting education and training, and forming European and international partnerships.