Plataforma técnica sobre la medición y la reducción de las pérdidas y el desperdicio de alimentos

Mitigating risks to food systems during COVID-19: Reducing food loss and waste

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc globally, generating significant challenges that could result in risks to food security and nutrition in many countries. Countries are ordering lockdowns, restricting movement and observing physical distancing to curb the pandemic. Disruptions in supply chains resulting from blockages on transport routes, transport restrictions and quarantine measures are resulting in significant increases in food loss and waste, especially of perishable agricultural produce such as fruits and vegetables, fish, meat and dairy products. In addition, labour shortages, owing to the restriction of movement of key stakeholders in production and transport, are significantly impacting food supply and demand owing to food shortages in some markets, further contributing to food loss and to the unnecessary waste of food supplies in these difficult times. Upstream segments of the food value chain in middle- and high-income countries have also been severely affected by increased pre- and post-harvest food waste.

 

Access the FAO COVID-19 Policy brief here.