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SAVE FOOD: Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction
Reducing food loss and waste is critical in ensuring more productive, resilient and low-emission food systems and driving climate action forward in the agriculture sector. Climate change impacts agriculture and food...
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Following the celebrations of World Food Day 2016, FAO released its annual flagship publication, “The State of Food and Agriculture” (SOFA) report which assesses the issues of agricultural and rural...
A new report released September 22 assesses the world’s progress toward Target 12.3 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which calls on all nations to halve food waste and reduce food...
By José Graziano da Silva Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (This article is part of the special content by the Museu do Amanhã for the...

FAO and Messe Düsseldorf are collaborating with donors, bi- and multi-lateral agencies and financial institutions and private sector partners (the food packaging industry and others) to develop and implement the programme on food loss and waste reduction.

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Global food losses and food waste

Global food losses and food waste

The study highlights the losses occurring along the entire food chain, and makes assessments of their magnitude. Further, it identifies causes of food losses and possible ways of preventing them [...]


Global initiative on food loss and waste reduction - brochure

Global initiative on food loss and waste reduction

Food losses refer to the decrease in edible food mass available for human consumption throughout the different segments of the supply chain [...]


The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and World Food Programme (WFP) launched the joint project “Mainstreaming food loss reduction initiatives for smallholders in food deficit areas” which is funded by the Swiss Government. The project aims to tackle food losses in grains and pulses value chains in three pilot countries (Burkina Faso, DRC and Uganda), and one of its outcomes is a web-based Food loss reduction Community of Practice.

SAVE FOOD supports the following initiatives:

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