SAVE FOOD: Global Initiative on Food Losses and Waste Reduction
 

Information Resources

Issue Briefs

Issue Briefs

The role of producer organizations in reducing food loss and waste

Every year, an estimated 1.3 billion tonnes – roughly one-third – of the food produced for human consumption worldwide is lost or wasted [...]

Publications

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 [...]

APPROPRIATE FOOD PACKAGING SOLUTIONS FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

Appropriate food packaging solutions for developing countries

The study assesses the state of packaging and packaging technologies in developing countries, with the challenge of global food losses and the potential for agri-food systems as the backdrop [...]

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Global initiative on food loss and waste reduction

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 [...]

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Key Findings

  • Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted.
  • Food losses and waste amounts to roughly US$ 680 billion in industrialized countries and US$ 310 billion in developing countries.
  • Industrialized and developing countries dissipate roughly the same quantities of food — respectively 670 and 630 million tonnes.
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