Food Waste to Food Security and Beyond: Identifying Research Gaps Across the Food System

November 16, 2017 – November 17, 2017

Arlington, VA

food waste photoNOVEMBER 16-17, 2017 | ARLINGTON, VA

The event brought together thought leaders from academia, government and industry to identify key knowledge gaps related to food waste where research support from FFAR would have the greatest impact. Attendees explored areas of research and scientific innovation related to:

– Inefficiencies in agricultural and food production
– Measurement methodologies, monitoring and reporting
– Food waste prevention and reduction
– Alternative uses of both wasted food and the inedible food parts

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Thank you for your interest in FFAR’s From Food Waste to Food Security and Beyond Convening Event. We are pleased to share key outcomes from the meeting with you in our summary report. Help us continue this important conversation and inform our research program by sharing your thoughts on challenges in the Food Waste and Loss area that could be addressed through research, or let us know about your research on food waste.

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Platinum Sponsor

Silver Sponsors

Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and FMI Foundation



A graphic artist captured key moments from the panels and breakout sessions at the Convening Event. See below for the visual summaries of the event:

Panel 1: Setting the Stage – Identifying Food Waste Research Needs Across the Food System Based on Research Findings To-Date


Panel 2: Food Waste Measurement Gaps—Identifying Research Needs Across the Food System Based on Research Findings To-Date 


Panel 3: Prevention & Reduction of Food Waste Generation—Identifying Research Needs Across the Food System Based on Research Findings To-Date


Day 1 Breakout Groups: Examination of Outcomes of “At-your-table” Discussions: Research Gaps/White Spaces


Day 2 Breakout Groups: Alternative Uses for Food Waste Within and Outside the Food System—A Moonshot Approach

Groups 1 & 2


Groups 3 & 4


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