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

Food loss and waste reduction, measurement and policy

Food loss and waste reduction should be seen as a means towards achieving other objectives, including improving food security and nutrition, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and lowering pressure on water and land resources, which contribute towards increased productivity and economic growth. The formulation of effective policies to achieve food loss and waste reduction requires comprehensive information as to how much and where – both geographically and along the supply chain – various foods are lost or wasted. The work of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on measurement, and its support to countries in taking action to reduce food loss and waste, is critical in tracking progress made by countries.

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Make your Christmas Pledge to keep food waste out of landfills toward benefitting the Climate!
07/12/2022

The Holiday Season is rapidly approaching with annual Christmas and New Year celebrations among friends and families set to take place around much of the world. Despite what is usually a festive period, for many, there are still numerous concerns and worry due to the current ongoing global crises. 

Virtual Event

Event
Masterclass on Reducing Food Loss and Waste Targeting Youth
12/12/2022

 

A Food Loss and Waste Master class will be held in December 2022. This virtual event will be addressed to youth who want to discover more about the causes of food loss and waste and solutions to achieving the SDG 12.3 target.

Database
Food Loss and Waste Database

Take an in-depth look at what food is being lost and wasted, and where

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Community of practice (COP) on food loss reduction

As a member of the Community of Practice on food loss and waste reduction you will be able to access the Forum, participate in online discussions, get in touch with other practitioners, share and request relevant and updated information, contribute to building a worldwide community that aims to reduce food losses and achieve food security.

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Stories


10/03/2022

What is the real cost of food? Around 14% of all food produced is between harvest and the wholesale market. But food loss is not only about money lost. There are also social and environmental impacts. Food is worth much more than what we pay for it. Stop Food Loss and Waste. For the people. For the planet.

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Publications

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20/07/2022

Following the request of the 26th Session of the Committee on Agriculture (COAG), FAO has developed the Voluntary Code of Conduct for Food Loss and Waste Reduction (CoC). The document was submitted to the FAO Conference for consideration and endorsement, and approved on 15 June 2021.

31/10/2019

A shorter version of the FAO flagship publication The State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) 2019, it contains the key messages and main points from the publication and is aimed at the media, policy makers and a more general public.

08/12/2020

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc globally, generating significant challenges that could result in risks to food security and nutrition in many countries. Countries are ordering lockdowns, restricting movement and observing physical distancing to curb the pandemic.

22/04/2021

The Food Waste Index Report aims at supporting the goals of SDG 12.3. It does so by presenting the most comprehensive food waste data collection, analysis and modelling to date, generating a new estimate of global food waste.