International Year of Fruits and Vegetables

Contribution from the European Food Banks Federation

The UN General Assembly designated 2021 the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables (IYFV).

FAO is the lead agency for celebrating the year in collaboration with other relevant organizations and bodies of the United Nations system.

The IYFV 2021 is a unique opportunity to raise awareness on the important role of fruits and vegetables in human nutrition, food security and health and as well in achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Fruits and Vegetables for human development: do not waste!

Tuesday 7 September - Rimini

Macfrut Exhibition, Rimini Expo Centre

On the occasion of the International Year of Fruit and Vegetables (AIFV) proclaimed by the UN General Assembly, Italmercati and the European Food Banks Federation (FEBA) are organising the conference “Fruit and vegetables for human development: do not waste!”.

The event aims to offer insights and concrete examples of good practice on the importance of fruit and vegetables for nutrition and healthy personal development, starting from a child’s early years.

Thanks to distinguished speakers, the theme of recovering food surpluses will be addressed from different points of view in order to increase cooperation with operators in the sector so as to ensure a consumption of 400 grams of fruit and vegetables per day as indicated by the World Health Organization.


  • Maurizio Martina, Special Advisor and Deputy Director General FAO
  • Cecilia Bartolucci, President Fondazione Comitans, Campus Bio Medico
  • Marco Lucchini, Member of the Board of Directors European Food Banks Federation (FEBA)
  • Francesco Battistoni, State Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policies
  • Fabio Massimo Pallottini, President Italmercati

400 grams of fruit and vegetables a day keep the doctor away. This is the recommendation by WHO in just one sentence. However, this is still a mirage for many Europeans, often children. At the same time 50 million tonnes of surplus fruit and vegetables are generated annually (University of Edinburgh, 2018). Today at Macfrut 2021, Italmercati and the European Food Banks Federation want to say that it is possible to change tack: reducing food losses and managing surplus fruit and vegetables for social purposes. This is our contribution to the EU Farm to Fork Strategy and the National Operational Programmes of the new CAP must have to refer to this too.

Marco Lucchini

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