It is with great pleasure to see the Director General of IFPRI, Shenggen Fan, named a Champion of Sustainable Development Goal 12.3. Shenggen was my boss when I worked at IFPRI. He is such an inspiration for his passion to change policies in order to increase food security and see agriculture, food and nutrition issues in their broader macro-economic context. I am proud to consider Shenggen a mentor in my career and am delighted to still be able to partner with IFPRI and the other CGIAR centers in my new projects. The CGIAR system is vital to achieve the SDGs.
The Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 strives to halve per capital food waste and reduce food losses by 2030. To date, nearly one third of all food is lost or wasted globally. Not only does this cost $940 billion per year, but food loss and waste accounts for about 8 percent of our annual global greenhouse gas emissions.
Champions 12.3 is a new effort, inspired by Tristram Stuart (FeedBack), led by the World Resources Institute and the Government of the Netherlands, to inspire ambition and mobilize action to reduce food loss and waste globally. Shenggen Fan joins a group of 30 Champions announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
The Champions—who include CEOs of major companies, government ministers, and executives from research, farmer, civil society, and other organizations—will mobilize action by leading by example; communicating the importance of this goal; showcasing successful strategies; and advocating for more innovation, greater investment, better information, and increased capacity to reduce food loss and waste.