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

Food waste

Food loss is defined as “the decrease in quantity or quality of food”. Food waste is part of food loss and refers to discarding or alternative (non-food) use of food that is safe and nutritious for human consumption along the entire food supply chain, from primary production to end household consumer level. Food waste is recognized as a distinct part of food loss because the drivers that generate it and the solutions to it are different from those of food losses. (FAO, 2014)

Each year, an estimated one-third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted world-wide. FAO estimates indicate that the per capita food waste at consumer level in Europe and North-America is 95-115 kg/year while in sub-Saharan Africa and South/Southeast Asia is 6-11 kg/year. (FAO, 2011)

Committee on World Food Security (CFS)

CFS called on all public, private and civil society actors to create an enabling environment based on the hierarchy of “food use-not-loss-or-waste especially for monitoring and measurement targets.

 

Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction

The Global Initiative on FLW Reduction collaborates with the public sector, private sector and civil society for concrete solutions through: i) Advocacy and awareness raising; ii) Collaboration and coordination of world-wide initiatives on food loss and waste reduction; iii) Research to evidence for policy, strategy, legislation and standards development; iv) Support to investment programmes and projects.

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

One major barrier of resolving food loss and waste is the lack of understanding of the magnitude of the problem. IFPRI is conducting state-of-the-art research to measure food loss and waste at all stages -- from production and post-production to processing, distribution and consumption -- at the local, regional and global level. It assists practitioners and researchers to identify the origin and cost of food waste and loss.  IFPRI’s Policies, Institutions and Markets (PIM) CGIAR Research Program (includes an initiative on FLW under the Value Chain Flagship).