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.

This Technical Platform on Food Loss and Waste contributes to the Food is Never Waste Coalition, which was established as a result of the United Nations Food Systems Summit in September 2021.

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Food Loss and Waste
International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste 2024 | Call to Action

The fifth observance of the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste will highlight the critical need for financing to bolster efforts to reduce food loss and waste, contribute to achieving climate goals and advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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FAO Food Loss App (FLAPP)

By providing accessible information on food loss through video advisories, the FLAPP empowers farmers, companies, producer associations, and cooperatives...

Food loss reduction: new publication

Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) continue...


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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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This Food Waste Index Report 2024 builds on the 2021 report in three ways: 1) New data has been used to develop a new estimate of global food waste; 2) is based on the SDG 12.3.2 food waste measurement methodology published in the Food Waste Index Report 2021, providing more detailed guidance on measurement at the retail, food service and household sectors; 3) it moves from food waste measurement to food waste reduction through public-private partnerships.


A comprehensive strategy spanning the next three years that encompasses a diverse portfolio of solutions across ten distinct domains of action. Enormous amounts of resources – land, water, energy and labour – are used to produce food. When food is lost or wasted, these resources go to waste as well, impacting the efficiency of food production. Reducing food loss and waste is one of the domains of action illustrated in this Roadmap.


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.


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.