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

Food loss and waste during COVID-19 pandemics: useful readings

SAWBO animations on COVID-19 good practices in market places and other relevant material. (Africa, 2021)

The world continues to suffer from the impact of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic and faces frequent extreme natural disasters caused by climate change. Global food security is facing unprecedented pressure. This year, China passed the “Anti Food Waste law” to regulate the behavior of consumers and the catering industry in the form of law. The aim of the law is to save resources, protect the environment and promote sustainable economic and social development. China held an International Conference on Food Loss and Waste on 9 to 11 September 2021 to tackle these issues, read more here. (China, September 2021)

"A study led by researchers from the University of Auckland sought to better understand the impact of last year’s lockdown on household food waste". Source article here to know more. (New Zealand, Food waste, September 2021)

Research suggests that 40% of food produced in the U.S. is lost or wasted, while approximately one in eight households experiences food insecurity. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the situation, creating uncertainty at the retail level of the food supply chain, potentially altering food shopping and inventory management practices. Source article accessible here. (USA, July 2021)

In Nigeria, and in particular in the North West region, farmers are switching from food crops to cash crops as low prices are not enough to cover cultivation costs. The food crops that are being abandoned are maize, sorghum and millet, whilst the cash crops that are now being produced are cassava, sesame, beans, soya, wheat, ginger, cashew, orange, tomatoes, and pepper among others. According to some estimates from the government, the revenues of farmers planting tomatoes nearly double of the ones planting rice. Moreover, a government officer noted that while cash crops farming can be done all year round, food crops are seasonal and largely dependent on the rainy season. (November 2020, Africa)

Innovators are looking to address food waste with technology, community, and original business model. The FoodNavigator Podcast hears from recipe box company Gousto, anti-food waste app OLIO, and UK charity FareShare: find out more HERE. (Food Waste Innovation, Worldwide, June 2020) 

Support These 50+ Organizations Helping Restaurants, Workers, and Farmers Survive COVID-19 (US and Worldwide, March 2020) (Private sector initiatives and Governmental measures)              

Four ways to reduce food waste during coronavirus lockdown (OLIO application, April 2020) (Private sector initiatives)

Food pantries struggle to provide during COVID-19 (Food waste, April 2020)

Food waste impacts emerging as Coronavirus shifts life from commercial to residential (Food waste, April 2020)

COVID-19 is making our food waste problem even worsehttps://www.foodandwine.com/news/food-waste-coronavirus-covid-pandemic (Food waste, April 2020)

Food waste resources during the COVID-19 pandemic  (Food waste, April 2020)

COVID-19 and food waste prevention: food waste intelligence  (Food waste, April 2020)

COVID-19 Summit: Coronavirus could actually help us reduce food waste (in some areas) (Food waste)

Food goes to waste amid Coronavirus crisis (Food waste, April 2020)

Africa’s Informal Sector and COVID-19: Is this an Opportunity to Revisit the Forgotten 80%? (Food Loss, April 2020)

Coronavirus measures could cause global food shortage, UN warns (Food Loss, April 2020)

Coronavirus: Will jugglers and clowns harvest fruit and vegetables? (BBC, April 2020) (Food Loss)

 

Food Waste Recovery - Food Banks

In Ghana, the NGO Food All Africa Programme (FFAA) -that runs a food bank in the country- has received a €250,000 donation from a private company to support its activities. With this money, among other projects, the NGO is planning to strengthen its “Mobile Food Bank Kitchen” by adding a second mobile kitchen truck to the fleet, which will provide nutritious meals to communities free of cost (more here).  (November 2020, Africa, Food Banks)

In Zimbabwe, the popular Chitungwiza Soup Kitchen has received a 5-ton donation of mealie meal and bread from a local bakery. The popular Chitungwiza Soup Kitchen was founded one week after the government stablished a national lockdown in March by an immigration lawyer. Currently, the soup kitchen feeds about 3 thousand people daily with the support of a couple of volunteers. To feed the people -mostly children- the soup kitchen has a makeshift stove, a couple of large pots and a few cooking utensils. However, on May 2020, the Chitungwiza Town Council has raised the ire of many as it requested the soup kitchen to cease operations because its operations did not meet the regulations (more here and here). (November 2020, Africa, Food banks)

Food bank COVID-19 precautions & response (Food banks, April 2020)

Online food bank ramps up for COVID-19 response (Food banks, April 2020)

COVID-19 job loss creates overwhelming demand for food banks (Food banks, March 2020)

A call for action: Major international networks of food banks urge for more industry support (Food banks, worldwide, April 2020)

Best practice examples from food banks fundraising during COVID-19 (Food banks, April 2020)

Second Harvest food bank’s response to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic (Food banks, April 2020)

Corona virus and food banks (Food banks, April 2020)

 

Further readings on Plastic Packaging

Heroe or Villain in the coronavirus era ?! (Plastic for Food Packaging, April 2020, Worldwide)

Coronavirus & Packaging  (Plastic for Food Packaging, April 2020, Worldwide)

Plastic bags are making a comeback because of COVID-19 (Plastic for Food Packaging, April 2020, Worldiwde)

‘Smarter packaging’ to tackle food waste ‘better for climate’ than eliminating plastics: Study ( Plastic Packaging and Food Waste, May 2020, Worldwide)

From plastics to policy (Plastic Food Packaging, May 2020, European Union)

Plastic packaging’s protective role during this pandemic (Plastic Food Packaging, May 2020, UK)

How has the Covid-19 outbreak affected the packaging industry?  (March 2020)  (Private sector)                      

 

Further readings on Dairy Industry

Latest news over covid-19 and food systems in India:

  • AMUL, the biggest cooperative in the country having a surplus of milk has not only increased its butter production but also its bakery production. For instance, the company has realized that many bakeries in the country use edible oils and sees a comparative advantage in using dairy fat instead of it, more here. (Dairy industry, August 2020, India)
  • Mother Dairy - a big Indian cooperative - to diversify its business has just launched 20 new products in the market; the company is specially targeting the bread market.  (Dairy industry, July 2020, India)
  • Concerning the State-run dairy cooperative Aavil, despite the steady demand during August-lockdown dairy farmers are not benefiting from it for different reasons, read more here. (Dairy industry, August 2020, India) 

Dairy Industry Upended By COVID-19 (Dairy Industry, April 2020, US)
IDFA Member Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19) (International Dairy Food Association, May 2020)
Dairy farmers dumping milk amid COVID-19: Pandemic's impact on the dairy industry (Dairy Industry, April 2020, US)
Dairy Industry COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Directory (Dairy Industry, April 2020, Australia)
COVID-19 impacts dairy industry nationwide (Dairy Industry, April 2020, US)
Covid-19: International dairy sector under pressure (Dairy Industry, April 2020, Worldwide)