Exploring Global Policy Solutions to Increase Food Donation and Support Food Recovery During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

This webinar is part of the Global Food Donation Policy Atlas project. The Atlas project is a partnership between the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic and The Global FoodBanking Network, which explores legal and regulatory barriers to food donation, as well as opportunities for law and policy to drive donation of safe, surplus food, and shares best practices for consideration for countries involved in the project and beyond.

The meeting will bring together policymakers from around the world to share their experience with food donation and food waste laws within their countries to learn about the barriers and best practices in use during the COVID-19 crisis and what reforms may help bolster food donation in their home countries during the pandemic.

This webinar is the first of a three-session series, and the following webinars will focus on liability protection for donations and date labeling.

Thursday 28th January

  • 08:00 – 09:30 UTC -6 (8:00 a.m. Chicago)
  • 09:00 – 10:30 UTC -5 (9:00 a.m. ET)
  • 14:00 – 15:30 UTC +-0 (2:00 p.m. London)


  • Ertharin Cousin: CEO and Founder of Food Systems for the Future; Visiting Scholar at the Stanford University Center on Food Security and Environment in the Freeman Spogli Institute; former Executive Director, United Nations World Food Programme; former US Ambassador to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture


  • Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau: Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Troels Mandel Vensild: Minister Counsellor of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Embassy of Denmark in Washington D.C.
  • Jean C. Buzby: Food Loss and Waste Liasion, Office of the Chief Economist, United States Department of Agriculture
  • Komla Prosper Bissi: Head of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme, Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture at the African Union Commission
  • Heena Yadav: Food Safety Consultant at the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India
  • Natalia Basso: In charge of the National Plan to Reduce Food Loss and Waste, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Argentina
  • Manuela Cuvi: Legal Officer, Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

A full list of speakers will be circulated to attendees prior to the session.

This event is by invitation only. Attendees will be sent information and materials prior to this session.

If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Shapiro at mshapiro@law.harvard.edu


The Global Food Donation Policy Atlas was made possible through funding by the Walmart Foundation. The findings, conclusions, and recommendations presented on this website and in materials contained therein are those of the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Walmart Foundation.





Harvard FLPC Atlas Presentation


8:00 am - 9:30 am



Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: 28-Jan-2021
  • Time: 9:00 am - 10:30 am