The report begins by reviewing the evidence to date focussing on the magnitude and geographical distribution of food losses. In the next sections the role of energy in post-harvest losses is discussed. Thereafter, the main entry points within the food value chain where lack of access to energy is the dominant factor influencing food losses is discussed. This report outlines low cost and off-grid post-harvest cooling and processing technologies that can be made available in developing countries. These household to community scale evaporative cooling systems, solar assisted cooling systems and as well as solar drying systems that can help increase shelf life. Additionally, through case studies, focus is laid on assessing the technical and economic feasibility of cooling and processing technologies. Finally, recommendations are made that could be incorporated to further develop food loss strategies that can classify food value chains based on their energy demand. This will enable policy makers to quickly understand the main technologies for food preservation and processing that can be introduced based on the available energy sources in a given region.
Numerous initiatives have been developed world-wide to combat FLW. However, 2015 has the distinction of being one of the most active years in recent memory. Seven international conferences addressing food loss and waste reduction were planned and executed with the support of SAVE FOOD [...]
A focus on food prices and price transmission effects.
Jointly drafted by FAO and LEI Wageningen UR, this paper uses scenario analyses to investigate how reductions in food loss and waste (FLW) in the European Union (EU) could influence prices in sub-Saharan Africa [...]
Develop tools, methodologies and indicators for assessment of the magnitude of foo d losses, in various subsectors [...]
Food losses refer to the decrease in edible food mass available for human consumption throughout the different segments of the supply chain [...]
Working Paper - Definitional framework of food loss
FAO's 'Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction' has taken a coordinating role, to enhance information exchange, collaboration, synergy and harmonization of strategies and methodologies [...]
The objective of this study is the identification and quantification of the main causes of food losses in the selected food supply chains, and the analysis of the measures to reduce food losses on their technical and economic feasibility, social acceptability and environmental impact, leading to concrete proposals to implement a food loss reduction programme [...]
This global knowledge platform on post-harvest loss reduction ensures high visibility and communication as part of the strategy for achieving the project’s objectives [...]