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.
“The Transformation We Need” | 4th global conference of the Sustainable Food Systems Programme
The conference took place between 24-27 April 2023 in Ha Noi, Viet Nam, convening over 350 on-site and 1000 virtual participants from a range of actor...
Hybrid Event, Rome (Italy)
World Food Day 2023 - Water is Life. Water is Food
This year World Food Day theme is “Water is life, water is food. Leave no one behind”. It spotlights how water is essential to life on Earth and...
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Food Is Never Waste Coalition
Launched at the UN Food Systems Summit in 2021 to take forward the Agenda 2030 toward achieving SDG 12.3.
This new website section allows you to access all information and updates related to the activities of the Coalition.
Eight actions we can all take to save water
Reduce your food waste. It takes a lot of water to produce food and to get it from the field to our plate. Lost and wasted food also means wasted water. Water is vital to us all, so everyone needs to act. Every drop counts and your actions, big or small, can make a difference.Play Video
Voluntary Code of Conduct for Food Loss and Waste Reduction
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.
The State of Food and Agriculture 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.
Mitigating risks to food systems during COVID-19: Reducing food loss and waste
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.
Food Waste Index Report 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.