Food loss reduction
The causes of food losses and waste in low-income countries are mainly connected to financial, managerial and technical limitations in harvesting techniques, storage and cooling facilities in difficult climatic conditions, infrastructure, packaging and marketing systems. Given that many smallholder farmers in developing countries live on the margins of food insecurity, a reduction in food losses could have an immediate and significant impact on their livelihoods.
The food supply chains in developing countries need to be strengthened by, inter alia, encouraging small farmers to organize and to diversify and upscale their production and marketing. Investments in infrastructure, transportation, food industries and packaging industries are also required. Both the public and private sectors have a role to play in achieving this.
Source: FAO 2011. Global food losses and food waste: extent, causes and prevention
At regional level, countries are committing themselves towards the reduction of food loss. Below are reported some major milestones.
African Union - Malabo declaration
The AU launched 2014 the “Year of Agriculture and Food Security” marking the 10th anniversary of the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) on January 30, 2014 during its 22nd Assembly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia under the theme “Transforming Africa’s Agriculture for shared prosperity and improved livelihoods: Harnessing Opportunities for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development”. In commemoration of the year, the African Union Commission (AUC) carried out broad based consultations with key stakeholders, including AU Member States, producers, women and youth organizations, and development and technical partners across the continent to review, strategize and set goals, actions and targets for the next decade to 2025 as part of “Sustaining the CAADP Momentum”.
Near East and North Africa Strategy
Food losses and waste (FLW) in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) Region are high and contribute to reduced food availability, aggravated water scarcity, adverse environmental impacts and increased food imports, in an already highly import-dependent region. The Near East & North Africa (NENA) Regional Strategic Framework for reducing FLW components are based on the region’s socio-economic and natural resources context.
Latin America and Caribbean Strategy
In September 2015 the first Regional dialogue on food losses and waste for Latin America and the Caribbean was facilitated by FAO and brought together FLW working groups, national committees on food security and hunger eradication, technicians, researchers, civil society, academia, food industry and other food system actors to move towards prevention and reduction at national and regional level.
Country level selected interventions
In several years of activities carried on in many countries worldwide, different examples of FL reduction solutions have been identified.
Some main ongoing interventions carried on by governments, international organizations and development institutions have been selected for your consultation.
In the framework of the Chinese government’s commitment towards food loss reduction, the Ministry of Agriculture issued a notice in July 2014 on “Food loss reduction” (Chinese); and, subsequently, in August, the State Administration of Grain issued a notice on “Saving food and reducing food losses and waste” (Chinese).
FAO, IFAD, and WFP have launched a joint project, which includes activities in Burkina Faso, Uganda and DRC: Mainstreaming Food Loss Reduction Initiatives for Smallholders in Food Deficit Areas (leaflet).
Other relevant information can be accessed at the links below:
Mapping post-harvest management (PHM) interventions
An interactive Map of PHM worldwide activities and initiatives is available in this website.
Food Loss Related News
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is pleased to launch a call for governments, companies, institutions and individuals to pledge to align their action agendas to halve food waste by 2030 and reduce food losses by at least 25 percent, toward acceleratin...
حدث هجين, Sharm El-Sheikh (Egypt)
Commitments are required from governments and the private sector to set targets and achieve global reduction of food loss and waste. The event included a diverse set of pledges and highlights the accomplishments of governments, businesses and financial institutions.