Turkmenistan aims to reduce food waste with the assistance of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Türkiye, the Baku-based Trend news agency reported on Thursday with reference to the Sub-Regional Coordinator for Central Asia at FAO Viorel Gutu.
He stated that on December 2, 2020, Turkmenistan officially endorsed three regional projects implemented under the FAO-Türkiye Partnership Programme on Food and Agriculture (FTPP II).
"One of them is a project that targets the reduction of food loss and waste (FLW) at both national and regional levels through the implementation of policies, strategies and investment programs, sharing knowledge on ways to mitigate losses in production and retail, and raising awareness among consumers," Viorel Gutu said.
The FAO Sub-Regional Coordinator noted that the activities currently underway in Turkmenistan include an assessment of FLW along priority value chains based on a survey of value chain actors and field observations, as well as an analysis of national legislation and policies relating to FLW prevention and management.
The partnership between Turkmenistan and FAO has grown steadily since the country joined the organization in 1995. Over the years, the FAO's technical support has covered a wide range of areas related to food security, agriculture and rural development, with an increasing focus on national capacity building and environmental protection.