International Conference on Food Loss Opens in Jinan

The International Food Loss Reduction Conference is hosted by the main leaders of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, the National Development and Reform Commission, the National Grain and Material Reserve Bureau, and the Shandong Provincial People’s Government.

International Conference on Food Loss Opens in Jinan

Xi Jinping sends a congratulatory letter to the International Food Loss Reduction Conference

Ji Bingxuan read out the congratulatory letter and delivered a speech Tang Renjian Liu Jiayi delivered a speech Li Ganjie Yang Dongqi attended

On the afternoon of September 10, the International Food Loss Reduction Conference opened in Jinan. President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory letter to the conference.

International Conference on Food Loss Opening in Jinan

Xi Jinping pointed out that food security is a fundamental issue related to human survival, and reducing food loss is an important way to ensure food security. At present, the new crown pneumonia epidemic is spreading globally and food security is facing challenges. Countries in the world should speed up their actions to effectively reduce the world’s food loss.

Xi Jinping emphasized that the convening of the International Food Loss Reduction Conference was an initiative proposed by China at the 15th summit of the G20 leaders last year. It is hoped that all parties will use this conference as an opportunity to work together to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, contribute to the realization of the goal of zero hunger and zero poverty, and make greater contributions to maintaining world food security and promoting the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.

Ji Bingxuan, vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, attended the opening ceremony and read the congratulatory letter from President Xi Jinping and delivered a speech

Ji Bingxuan, vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, attended the opening ceremony and read out a congratulatory letter from Chairman Xi Jinping and delivered a speech. Ji Bingxuan pointed out that President Xi Jinping attaches great importance to this conference and specially sent a congratulatory letter, calling on all parties to work together to promote food loss reduction and contribute to the realization of the goal of zero hunger and zero poverty. At present, we are facing challenges such as the new crown pneumonia epidemic and climate change. Global food security is facing unprecedented pressure. Food loss and waste are common challenges facing the world. This year, China passed the Anti-Food Waste Law to regulate consumer and catering industry behaviors in legal form to promote sustainable economic and social development. Many countries have also taken some positive measures, hoping that more countries will participate in the future, establish a normalized working mechanism, and promote the reduction of food loss and waste. Food loss and waste involve not only production, processing, circulation, storage, and consumption, but also multiple subjects such as farmers, enterprises, and consumers, as well as public departments and social organizations. It is hoped that countries will strengthen systematic research and deepen policies, information, and Exchanges and cooperation in science, technology and other fields have accelerated the formation of a joint force for food loss reduction.

Tang Renjian, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, and Liu Jiayi, Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee attended the meeting and delivered speeches. Li Ganjie, Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee and Governor, and Yang Dongqi, Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee attended the meeting.

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs Tang Renjian
Liu Jiayi, Secretary of the Shandong Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China, attended the meeting and delivered a speech
Ma Youxiang, Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, presided over the opening ceremony

In his speech, Tang Renjian said that at present, the global demand for food is growing rigidly, the constraints on resources and the environment such as fresh water are increasingly intensified, the COVID-19 epidemic is fluctuating, and it is becoming more and more difficult for us to increase the area of ​​food and increase production. This requires us to be more than ever before. Pay more attention to reducing food loss and waste. The Chinese government has always regarded solving the problem of food as the top priority of the country’s governance, taking food loss as an important starting point to ensure food security, continuously improving the level of food production, storage, transportation, and processing, guiding economical and rational consumption, and reducing food loss in all aspects of the chain. And waste. The Chinese government will earnestly implement the spirit of the congratulatory letter from Chairman Xi Jinping, and work with other countries to steadily promote food loss reduction. It is hoped that all parties will improve the international cooperation mechanism, deepen scientific and technological exchanges and mutual benefit, promote the joint construction of infrastructure, build a multi-party participation pattern, and strive to achieve the goal of reducing food loss and waste by 2030.

Liu Jiayi said in his speech that President Xi Jinping attaches great importance to maintaining food security and personally initiated the convening of this conference and sent a congratulatory letter, demonstrating his profound feelings for the people and his strong responsibility. We must firmly implement the important instructions of Chairman Jinping, and strive to establish and improve a modern and efficient food production system, a precise and low-consumption storage and logistics system, an innovative and collaborative deep processing system, a green and economical food consumption system, and a smart system of scientific and technological support systems and sharing The win-win international cooperation system strengthens the guarantee of increasing grain production and reducing losses. The holding of this conference has brought a rare opportunity for Shandong to deepen international cooperation in agriculture. We are willing to work together with guests from home and abroad to focus on the theme of food loss, work together and work together to make greater contributions to Shandong to maintain world food security and promote the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.

Zhang Wufeng, member of the Party Group of the National Development and Reform Commission and Director of the National Bureau of Grain and Material Reserves

Zhang Wufeng, member of the National Development and Reform Commission’s Party Leadership Group and Director of the National Bureau of Grain and Material Reserves, said in his speech that saving food and reducing losses is a long-term task and a common concern of the international community. During the “14th Five-Year Plan” period, China’s development and reform departments, grain and material reserve departments will deeply understand the spirit of the congratulatory letter from Chairman Xi Jinping, highlight the long-term effectiveness of the rule of law, the linkage of all links in the whole chain, the guidance of scientific and technological innovation standards, and the public participation in social governance. Vigorously carry out food conservation actions and adopt comprehensive measures to reduce food loss and waste. Actively share experiences in food loss reduction, actively carry out international cooperation in food loss reduction, and jointly maintain global food security.

Sun Licheng, Member of the Standing Committee of the Shandong Provincial Party Committee and Secretary of the Jinan Municipal Party Committee, China

The rotating chairman of the Group of Twenty, the Italian Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policy Batuaneri sent a congratulatory letter. Karibata, Special Envoy of the United Nations Food Summit, and Qu Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, delivered a speech. The representatives of Ireland, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Mexico, Serbia, Chile and the African Union delivered speeches.

Sun Licheng, member of the Standing Committee of the Provincial Party Committee and Secretary of the Jinan Municipal Party Committee, announced the “International Food Loss Reduction Conference Jinan Initiative”. The conference issued the “Shandong Province Grain Loss Action Plan”, and the leaders and guests at the meeting jointly launched the Shandong Province Grain Loss Action Plan.

The International Food Loss Reduction Conference is jointly organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, the National Development and Reform Commission, the National Food and Material Reserve Bureau, and the Shandong Provincial People’s Government. Three forums will be held on post-harvest loss and reduction of consumption and waste to discuss major issues such as international food loss challenges, cooperation, responsibility and governance.

Ma Youxiang, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, presided over the opening ceremony. The provincial, Jinan and Qingdao leaders Wang Hua, Li Meng, Sun Shutao, and Zhao Haozhi attended the opening ceremony. Ambassadors of many countries to China, heads of agricultural departments, representatives of relevant countries, international organizations and sister cities of Shandong Province, representatives of relevant national ministries and commissions, fraternal provinces and cities, representatives of relevant enterprises and experts participated in the opening ceremony through online and offline methods.

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