Each year, an estimated one-third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted world-wide. The social, economic, and environmental impacts of food losses and waste (FLW) must be addressed concurrently due to their direct and significant impact on food and nutrition security, natural resources, and climate change.
The Platform facilitates local, national and regional level food loss and waste prevention, reduction and measurement.
Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12 “ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns” has target 12.3 “by 2030, halve the per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer level, and reduce food losses along production and supply chains including post-harvest losses”. FAO is working on the Global Food Loss Index indicator for 12.3.
The Committee of World Food Security (CFS 41st session) called on all public, private and civil society actors to promote a common understanding of FLW and create an enabling environment based on the “food use-not-loss-or-waste” hierarchy, especially for monitoring, measurement, and reporting targets.
The key to the success of the Agenda 2030 lies in an integrated, holistic approach to its implementation. The Secretary-General’s Zero Hunger Challenge has championed just such an integrated approach with the Zero Hunger Challenge campaign that includes the “Zero food loss or waste of food” element.
In May 2015 under the Turkey Presidency, the G20 agriculture ministers highlighted the extent of food loss and waste (FLW) as "a global problem of enormous economic, environmental and societal significance" and encouraged all G20 members to strengthen their collective efforts to prevent and reduce FLW. In the context of policy coherence, the Development Working Group was encouraged to continue its efforts to develop concrete actions as part of its Implementation Plan for the Food Security and Nutrition Framework.
FAO Director General Mr. Graziano da Silva addressed G20 ministers in Istanbul and praised the G20 recommendation to reduce FLW while welcoming the agreement to set up the Technical Platform on measurement and reduction of Food Loss and Waste together with IFPRI.
FAO’s Strategic Objective 4 Enabling more inclusive and efficient agricultural and food systems at local, national and international levels includes the Output on Evidence-based food loss and waste reduction programs developed at national, regional and global level.
The Technical Platform ensures information-sharing and in-depth discussion. It builds on, and complements existing initiatives such as the FAO Global Initiative on FLW; the private sector “SAVE FOOD” programme; the Community of Practice on Food Loss (FL) Reduction; the Food Loss and Waste Protocol and Standard; and IFPRI’s Policies, Institutions and Markets (PIM) CGIAR Research Program (which includes an initiative on FLW under the Value Chain Flagship).