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


General views of food waste.



Reducing food loss and waste represents a “triple-win” opportunity—for the climate, for food security and for the sustainability of our food systems. It must be a priority in these times of rising food insecurity, malnutrition and hunger across the globe.

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The commitment and support of G20 member countries to reduce FLW is highly required in efforts to achieve the SDGs goals. The availability and reliability of data is considered as the main key in measuring and formulating each country's strategy to reduce FLW. 

The novel coronavirus crisis has shaken the entire food and beverage industry, but the dairy sector has been particularly hard hit as demand for many dairy products has evaporated. What happens next for the dairy industry?




Virtual Event, 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.


The International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Food Waste, observed for the second time on 29 September 2021, will make a clear call to action for both the public (national or local authorities) and the private (businesses) sectors, as well as individuals, to prioritize actions and move ahead with innovation to reduce food loss and waste towards restoring and building back better and resilient-ready, food systems.


Oilseeds such as mustard, Niger seed, rape, sesame, soybean or sunflower offer a range of opportunities for small farmers, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Oilseed crushing can range from a large industrial scale to manual processing on farm as a small scale agro-enterprise. Home utilization of the edible oils is of great nutritional value and the protein rich by-product “cake” is fed to livestock.


Groundnut is rich in oil and protein and has a high-energy value. The largest producers are China, India, Nigeria and the United States of America, but many other African and South American countries also have sizeable production. Groundnut provides high-quality cooking oil and is an important source of protein for both human and animal diets.


António Guterres, UN Secretary-General on the occasion of the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste (29 September 2020)


Marking International Day for Awareness of Food Loss and Waste, FAO National Goodwill Ambassador for Ireland Diarmuid Gavin reminds us that 31 % of total greenhouse gas emissions are attributable to the food system. He calls for all of us to act in order to maximize the use of food produced and to reduce food loss and waste.


Although there may be an economic loss, food diverted to other economic uses, like animal feed, is not considered as food loss or waste, nor are the inedible parts of food products.