The SAVE FOOD initiative is a global effort to reduce food losses and waste estimated at 1.3 billion tonnes of food every year.
One-third of the food produced in the world for human consumption is thrown away or lost, together with the natural resources used for its production. Although food losses occur at all stages of the food supply chain the causes and their impact around the world differ. In developing countries, food losses hit small farmers the hardest. Almost 65 percent of these food losses happen at the production, post harvest, and processing stages. In industrialized countries, food waste often occurs at the retail and consumer level due to a “throw-away” mindset. The SAVE FOOD initiative aims to cut down on food losses and waste to help improve livelihoods and food security for over 900 million hungry people in the world.
With the support of over 50 companies to date, field studies in developing regions are underway to find the best ways to prevent and reduce food losses in food supply chains. In parallel, studies are also being organized to identify and measure the impact of food losses and waste and the effects on food prices worldwide. This will support the design and implementation of cost-effective and sustainable solutions specific to the area.
New technologies, better practices and coordination, and investments in infrastructure – from food production to consumption - are critical to reducing food losses. Similarly, raising awareness on the impact of food waste is important in changing the “throw-away” mindset and setting policy standards.
To join the SAVE FOOD: Global Initiative on Food Losses and Waste Reduction visit www.fao.org/save-food.
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For further information contact:
Robert van Otterdijk
Rural Infrastructure and Agro-Industries Division (AGS)
FAO HQ, Room B620
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
Rome 00153, Italy
Tel: +39 06 570 53674