FAO E-Forum on Full Cost Accounting of Food Wastage

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Dates: 21 October – 24 November 2013

This is an event open to all those interested in reflecting environmental and social externalities in economic costs, including but not limited to experts interested in evaluating the full cost of food loss and waste. It is an online forum running over 5 weeks organized by FAO Natural Resources Management Department.

The two objectives of the forum discussion are to: a. introduce, improve and validate a framework for the Full Cost Accounting of Food Wastage and b. to discuss methods of evaluating food wastage impact on climate change, water, land and biodiversity.

The topic at hand is food loss and waste and how to link the food sector with crucial environmental considerations. But there is a global methodological gap when it comes to the valuation of the environmental and broader societal costs of any economic activities, and the event will thus focus on what method, data or values that are more appropriate to evaluate environmental and social costs.

The E-forum will be run by Nadia El-Hage Scialabba (FAO Natural Resources Management Department) and E-Forum facilitators are Soren Moller and Mathilde Iweins. The forum allows for contributions to be made in English, French, or Spanish. Participation is open and free to all.

E-Forum Structure

The E-Forum takes place as an online discussion where participants can debate weekly topics by responding to messages or introducing their own new threads. As an input, the Working Paper (pdf) and short briefings on each topic are available from the E-Forum page of the FAO Sustainability Pathways website.

At the end of each week, a summary of the discussions will be provided, highlighting the key positions and debates. The structure of the E-Forum will take place as follows:

  • Week 1 (21-27 October): Framework for the Full Cost Accounting of food wastage
  • Week 2 (28 October – 3 November): Climate change
  • Week 3 (4-10 November): Water
  • Week 4 (11-17 November): Land
  • Week 5 (18-24 November): Biodiversity

To join the E-Forum you have to first register here.

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