Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum)

FAO Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction


Since 2011, the FAO Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction (also called SAVE FOOD), together with the private sector trade fair organizer Messe Düsseldorf GmbH (Germany), works in partnership with public entities, the private sector and civil society for: (i) awareness raising; (ii) collaboration and coordination of worldwide initiatives; (iii) evidence-based policy, strategy and programme development; and (iv) technical support to programmes and projects.

FAO is collaborating with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) for the Global Community of Practice for Reduction of Food Losses. The Organization will compile the Global Food Loss Index to estimate loss ratios in countries (dynamic predictions are supported, i.e. estimates can be continuously updated) and has designed the food supply chain case study methodology for the food subsectors in developing countries. The methodology, covering (i) screening, (ii) sampling and survey, (iii) synthesis and final report, has been tested in 2013 in Kenya.

In October 2013, the World Resources Institute (WRI) launched the design of the Food Loss and Waste Measurement Protocol. FAO is a member of the Steering Committee, provides and facilitates technical support and a global harmonized approach.

In January 2013, FAO and UNEP launched the Think.Eat.Save (TES) Campaign (as part of SAVE FOOD and of the FAO/UNEP Sustainable Food Systems Programme) and in May 2014 published the Prevention and reduction of food and drink waste in businesses and households – Guidance for governments, local authorities, businesses and other organizations Version 1.0. focused on designing effective food waste prevention programmes with governments, local authorities, private companies, institutions and civil society for the retail, hospitality and food service supply chains.

FAO, IFAD, WFP and UNEP work closely for the 5th element on “zero food loss or waste” of the Zero Hunger Challenge.

For more information and to join SAVE FOOD, see

Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction (also called SAVE FOOD)