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

Food waste measurement

Definitional framework

Food loss refers to all food produced for human consumption but not eaten by humans. 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 consumers. Food waste is recognized as a distinct part of food loss because drivers that generate it are different from those that generate food losses. (FAO, 2014)

Measurement of food waste is a key component of any reduction intervention.

Agenda 2030 and the Global Food Loss Index

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. 

Food Loss and Waste Protocol and Standard 

FLW Protocol and Standard is a multi-stakeholder effort for guidance on practical and consistent quantification FLW for countries, companies, and other organizations. The FLW Protocol is convened by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and involves FAO, UNEP, the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the Consumer Goods Forum, EU project FUSIONS, and Waste and Resources Action Programme as core partners. Its launch is foreseen for 2016.

Think.Eat.Save Food waste Prevention Guidance Version 1.0

Think.Eat.Save Prevention and reduction of food and drink waste in businesses and households – Guidance for governments, local authorities businesses and other organizations Version 1.0 is part of Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction and FAO-UNEP Sustainable Food Systems Programme. It foresees pilots for country implementation support and data towards Version 2.0. South Africa is the first pilot.