The UN General Assembly Resolution ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’, which was signed by the Russian Federation, provides for a 50% per capita reduction in global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and a reduction in food losses along production and supply chains by 2030.
The Sectoral Strategy for the Development of the Fishery Industry of the Russian Federation until 2030 aims to achieve an intensification in processing of raw fish materials by fish market participants and the introduction by fish processing enterprises of modern biotechnological methods that can ensure the cost-effective manufacturing of new products from industrial waste.
The roundtable participants will consider ways to modernize the fish processing industry, the introduction of new processing technologies to reduce the amount of fish waste, and to prevent unnecessary losses of fish products throughout the distribution chain, including fishing, storage, processing, transportation, and subsequent sale via retail networks.
Representatives of the fishing industry’s scientific, retail, and business sectors, associations, and experts along with specialists from the UN FAO will discuss the areas where the best results can be achieved in the battle against food losses in Russia (as well as the specific results), what business (producers and retail) can bring to the table, and what the government should do in this regard.
- Introduction to the concept of FLW (food loss and waste associated with product deterioration at all stages of the food chain).
- An objective assessment, problems, and causes of food loss and waste in the Russian fishing industry and the proposal of a set of priority measures to reduce it. A view of the situation from the FAO and Russian experts.
- Legislative regulation of relations to help minimize losses of fish and fish products throughout the distribution chain.
- Management of orders by manufacturers and retail networks; reducing losses associated with over-ordering and over-manufacturing of products.
- An electronic traceability system for animal products and its role in managing information about the movement of fish and fish products throughout the distribution chain to ensure safety and quality. Development of a uniform labelling standard.
- Modernization of port and specialized Russian transportation and storage infrastructure as an effective solution for maintaining the high quality of Russian fish products, increasing domestic demand, and enhancing export potential.
- Appeal to countries that do not have a plan to combat losses in the food sector with a proposal to set up a structure responsible for working in this area.
- Develop methods for determining losses in the food sector, prepare plans to minimize such losses, and prepare a roadmap to consolidate and prioritize various positions.
- Hold the International Conference on Combating Losses in the Fishing Industry in Russia in 2018.
- Adapt national legislation to minimize the tax costs of companies that sell products with an expiring shelf life.
- Recommend that the FAO allocate funding to study this issue with the involvement of industry-based institutions.
Following the Global Fishery Forum, send the roundtable’s resolution to the parties to the UN Sustainable Development Goals programme within the framework of the procedures established by the FAO
- Nicola Ferri, Fishery Officer (Institutional and Legal Matters), General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean and Black Sea (GFCM), UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO);
- Evgeny Katz, Director, Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture Regulation, Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation
- Roy Angelvik, State Secretary (Fisheries Affairs), Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Fisheries of the Kingdom of Norway;
- Seiji Haraguchi, Managing Director, Hokkaido Trawl Fisheries Cooperative Federation
- Sergei Gudkov, Executive Director, Fisheries Union
- Stanislav Buben, Director of the Agroindustrial Policy, Eurasian Economic Commission
- Lyubov Abramova, Advisor to the Director of the All-Russian Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography;
- Andrey Gollandtsev, CEO, Slavtran Service;
- Vitaly Momot, President, Association of Refrigerated Rolling Stock Operators;
- Yury Dubrovin, Chairman of the Board, Russian Union of Refrigeration Industry, Honorary Mechanical Engineer, Academician of the International Academy of Refrigeration.
Moderator: Yevgenia Serova, Director, UN FAO Moscow Office.