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Technical Platform on the Measurement and Reduction of Food Loss and Waste

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 reduce FLW. In the context of policy coherence, the Development Working Group was encouraged to continue its efforts to develop actions to reduce FLW as part of its Implementation Plan for the G20 Food Security and Nutrition (FSN) Framework [...]

Food loss is “decrease in quantity or quality of food” reflected in nutritional value, economic value or food safety of all food produced for human consumption but not eaten by humans (FAO, 2014). Measurement of food loss is a key component of any reduction intervention.

Food waste is part of food loss and refers to discarding or alternative (non-food) use of safe and nutritious food for human consumption all along food supply chains (FAO, 2014). Measurement of food waste is a key component of any reduction intervention.

  • "The G20 Platform will enhance our capacity to accurately measure and reduce food loss and waste, both in the G20 countries and in low-income countries"

    Launch of the G20 Platform, 4 December 2015

    FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva
  • "It will bring new expertise and knowledge for improving metrics. It will also respond to countries’ need for knowledge and good practices"

    Launch of the G20 Platform, 4 December 2015   

    FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva
  • "We must coordinate global efforts to reduce food loss and waste to enhance our ability to sustainably eliminate global hunger and undernutrition"

    Launch of the G20 Platform, 4 December 2015

    IFPRI Director-General Shenggen Fan

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