NEW YORK (September 18, 2018)—During Climate Week, leaders from business, civil society and government will announce new advances in the fight against food waste. Champions 12.3’s Dave Lewis (Group Chief Executive, Tesco), Vytenis Andriukaitis (European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety), Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko (African Union Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture), Sunny Verghese (CEO, Olam International) and other leaders will share the most innovative new strategies, public-private partnerships, technologies and commitments on food loss and waste in 2018.

The event is Tuesday, September 25, 10:00 am-12:15 pm ET at Project Farmhouse in New York City, and includes a “food waste avoiding” lunch and beer tasting. Former White House Chef Sam Kass will give a live demonstration of a new home recipe using food scraps.

In addition to these announcements, Champions 12.3 will release SDG Target 12.3 on Food Loss and Waste: 2018 Progress Report.


Dave Lewis, Group Chief Executive, Tesco and Chair, Champions 12.3

Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety

Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union Commission

Shenggen Fan, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute

Kevin Fay, Executive Director, Global Food Cold Chain Council

Peter Freedman, Managing Director, The Consumer Goods Forum

Liz Goodwin, Senior Fellow and Director Food Loss and Waste, World Resources Institute

Marcus Gover Chief Executive, WRAP

Hans Hoogeveen, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the UN Organizations for Food and Agriculture

Gilbert Houngbo, President, International Fund for Agricultural Development

Theo de Jager, President, World Farmers' Organisation

Selina Juul, Founder, Stop Wasting Food (Denmark)

Sam Kass, Former White House Chef, Founder of TROVE and Venture Partner, Acre Venture Partners

Michael La Cour, Managing Director, IKEA Food Services AB

Stefania Lallai, Sustainability and External Relations Director, Costa Cruises

Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, Co-Chair, Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture, Farmer, and Champion for Sustainable Food Systems

Sunny Verghese, Co-Founder, CEO and Group & Managing Director, Olam International

Joaquim Levy, Managing Director and World Bank Group Chief Financial Officer, World Bank


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

10:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. ET

Light lunch and beer tasting after the event


Project Farmhouse

76 East 13th Street

New York, NY 10003


Ally Friedman,, 425.445.5475

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