WRAP receives £673k to tackle global food waste

The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has been awarded $826,000 (£673,950) scale-up funding to “supercharge” action on global food loss.

WRAP’s food waste reduction partnership FLAWLESS (Halving Food Loss and Waste by Leveraging Economic Systems) is among nine public-private partnerships to have received scale-up funding from Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030  (P4G).

Funding from P4G goes to projects working to advance progress towards five of the UN Sustainable Development Goals – food and agriculture, water, energy, cities and the circular economy.

WRAP receives $826k to tackle global food wasteThe global coalition FLAWLESS sets out to drive action on global food waste and loss by mobilising the financial sector to factor in both financial and environmental performance in their lending and building on existing partnerships in WRAP Global’s three partner countries: Indonesia, South Africa, and Mexico.

Marcus Gover, WRAP CEO, believes the funding will be “transformational” for the FLAWLESS project and speed up progress towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 (SDG 12.3), which aims to cut global food waste by half by 2030.

Moreover, WRAP believes the project will build “more resilient” supply chains, vital in addressing the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic and driving recovery.

Commenting on the project, Gover said: “WRAP has had great success reaping the environmental and economic benefits of reducing food waste in the UK through the Courtauld Commitment. 

“FLAWLESS will help us take that collaborative model to the world and scale up our impact.  With the help of P4G, we will put the world on a trajectory towards SDG 12.3 and halving global food waste by 2030. Maintaining our focus on food waste and climate change will be more important than ever as we emerge into a post Covid-19 world.

“The partnership with P4G will be transformational. P4G doesn’t just fund vital projects, it provides a whole package of support to accelerate and amplify the impact of its partners. WRAP is honoured to be part of the P4G family.”

Says Ian de Cruz, P4G Global Director, said: “P4G’s mission of investing in inclusive and viable new finance and business models comes to life with our new cohort of Scale-Up Partnerships.

“We’re pleased to welcome this group of innovators to our family. As countries plan their Covid-19 recoveries, these transformative models provide the immediate responses needed to achieve a low carbon recovery and will help move the needle in this decade of action and delivery.

“As our P4G impact model is enhanced, we will apply our venture capital approach and leverage our strong eco-system of engaged policymakers and organizational partners to accelerate these partnerships.”

Cutting UK food waste

In 2005, WRAP launched the Courtauld Commitment, a voluntary agreement aimed at reducing food waste in the UK grocery sector and improving resources efficiency, reporting in January that food waste has fallen by seven per cent per person in three years.

Last September, WRAP reported on the progress of the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap, announcing that 121 of the UK’s largest grocery retailers and other large food businesses were implementing the ‘Target, Measure, Act’ strategy to reduce food waste and had saved a combined 53,000 tonnes of food valued at over £85 million. In March, WRAP expanded guidance to provide growers with advice on food surplus and waste on farms.

Recently, WRAP reported that the Covid-19 pandemic has driven positive behaviour change with regard to food waste. In WRAP’s Covid-19 food attitude survey, conducted 6-9 April, it reported a 34 per cent reduction in the amount of potatoes, milk, bread and chicken thrown away by citizens.

Read more: Four ways to reduce food waste during coronavirus lockdown

The survey highlighted that citizens had adopted ‘food smart’ behaviours during lockdown;  more than a third of participants report that they are enacting certain food-saving behaviours more often than before the lockdown, such as checking what is in their cupboard (47 per cent), their fridge (45 per cent) and their freezer (30 per cent) before shopping, as well as making a shopping list before heading to the shops (34 per cent).

You can read more on WRAP’s projects by visiting its website.

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