June 15, 2020 | Food Waste

Global Food Donation Policy Atlas

The Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) released a first-of-its-kind interactive resource — the Global Food Donation Policy Atlas.

The Global Food Donation Policy Atlas is meant to inspire long-term policy solutions to food waste, hunger, and climate change. In partnership with The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN), and with the support of the Walmart Foundation, the Global Food Donation Policy Atlas maps the laws and policies affecting food donation around the globe and provides recommendations to prevent unnecessary food waste and improve food distribution to those in need. The research released by FLPC focuses on Argentina, Canada, India, Mexico, and the United States, the first 5 of 15 countries participating in the project.  The 10 additional countries are Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, France, Guatemala, Peru, Singapore, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

Legal Guides on the Atlas website identify and explain the legal frameworks and issues most relevant to food donation, and provides Policy Recommendations for strengthening these frameworks and effectively promoting food donation in the 5 countries. The website also features an interactive atlas tool that enables users to compare food donation policies among these initial five countries.

Because the COVID-19 crisis has illuminated so clearly the food system challenges and the vital role of food banks and food donation, the Atlas website includes a new issue brief by FLPC on how governments can effectively promote food donation during the global pandemic. “While the global pandemic has uprooted business as usual and created new pressures on the food system writ large, we believe it is important to remind governments of the need to support food donation operations, both during emergency and non-emergency situations,” notes the FLPC press release.


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