Food waste refers to the decrease in the quantity or quality of food resulting from decisions and actions by retailers, food service providers and consumers (SOFA, 2019).
Less food loss and waste would lead to more efficient land use and better management of water resources, which would positively impact climate change and livelihoods.
conducts research to provide innovative, evidence-based policy solutions that enhance food security and fight poverty. One cutting-edge study measures food loss and waste at all stages – from production and post-production to processing, distribution and consumption – in order to identify the origin and cost of food waste and loss at the local, regional and global level. Currently IFPRI is working with the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) to better understand the levels of investment required to effectively reduce post-harvest losses through infrastructure development and technology improvements combined with best practices.
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The Technical Platform on Food Loss and Waste contributes to the Food is Never Waste Coalition established as a result of the UN Food Systems Summit in September 2021.