Costa Rican Network to reduce food losses and waste

Costa Rican Network to reduce food losses and waste

At the XXXIII FAO Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean, three regional Initiatives were approved, which highlight the importance of establishing alliances to support countries to face the main challenges related to food security, rural development, and the scope of more efficient and inclusive food systems, where the reduction of food losses and waste (FLW) is a cross-cutting theme.

As of November 2014, the Costa Rican Network for the Reduction of Food Losses and Waste was created. Currently, it is integrated with members of the public, private, academic, and citizen initiative sectors. The Tecnológico de Costa Rica acts as coordinator of this Network and the FAO representation in Costa Rica, as Technical Secretariat.

To date, case studies have been carried out to find out the situation in some agricultural chains, as well as awareness-raising activities for different sectors, training, detection of possible strategies to reduce and prevent food losses, communication in the media and in related organizations; as well as the preparation of a Guide for measuring food waste in commercial and institutional kitchens.

The Network is made up of: TEC, FAO, Unilever, Sepsa, Full Plate Project, Equipos Nieto, Cacia, Redies, Incopesca, Pima-Cenada, Legislative Assembly, NaPH Network, Budget Rent a Car, Cegesti, ICT, College of Agricultural Engineers, INA, UCR, UTN, UNA, UNED, UCI, Cacore, Minae-Digeca, National Chamber of Fishery Products Exporters, Slow Food Movement Costa Rica, CNP, MEP, Fedoma, Fucoga, ILSI Mesoamerica, IICA, Inder, Banco de Food and State of the Nation Program.

Next activities:

Past activities:

Discussion: Challenges in the Reduction of Food Losses and Waste in the Central American Region

On Thursday, September 24, a discussion was held to delve into the specific problem of Food Loss and Waste in the Central American region and the real potential that exists in the region to reverse its inertia.
People involved in this process participated, from food production itself, knowledge production systems, organized civil society, and multilateral entities.
To see the video of the conversation, you can do it here.



The #SinDesperdicioCentroamérica contest arises with the objective of identifying and supporting innovative solutions that reduce losses and waste throughout the food production and supply chain in Central America and the Dominican Republic.

This innovation contest is part of the #SinDesperdicio Platform, an initiative of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) promoted by the Water and Sanitation Division (WSA) in alliance with a series of partners committed to working for a Latin America and the Caribbean Without Loss or Waste of Food (PDA) by generating spaces for innovation, better public policies and greater capacity and knowledge on the subject. Read more...

Here you can find out about the 135 proposals submitted to the contest.

IV National Conversation:
"Our Role in Food Waste"

This annual discussion will take place virtually and within the framework of the 1st International Day of Awareness Against Food Waste on September 29, 2020. It had the participation of #RecuperayTransforma, #SinDesperdicio, #HambreCero, #UCR#INA, #Entiemposdecrisisinnova,  #cerodesperdicioalimentoscostarica,  #OnePlanet, #REDIES, #Alimentalistas#PNUMA#FAOCR#UNA-Campus Sostenible, #Tecnológico de Costa Rica, #EARTH,  y la #UniversidadparalaPaz 

Winning Proposals of the #SinDesperdicioCentroamérica contest

To learn more about the Network and/or get in touch with its coordinators, you can do so through the following channels: