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

Costa Rica


In a dynamic stride to foster a world with minimal food waste, the WFF's Youth Toward Zero Food Waste campaign recently held a series of engaging and interactive workshops, targeting youths from all across the world. 
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 groups. The conference focused on how food systems need to be transformed to overcome the multiple deeply rooted and interlinked crises. 
Efforts and ideas in planning and implementing their national pathways for agrifood systems transformation to reduce hunger, poverty, and food loss and waste, protect biodiversity and tackle climate change were discussed.


A raíz de la cuantía económica, social y ambiental que tienen las pérdidas y desperdicios de alimentos a nivel mundial y de la poca investigación de este tema en latitudes latinoamericanas, realizamos un estudio en tres grupos de alimentos con el objetivo de determinar la importancia de variables...


Economies have begun to shift from linear to circular, adopting, among others, waste-to-energy approaches. Waste management is known to be a paramount challenge, and food waste (FW) in particular, has gained the interest of several actors due to its potential impacts and energy recovery opportuni...


Food Loss and Waste (FLW) reduction and prevention can be crucial entry points to achieve sustainable food systems. However, the complexity of this problem poses the need for multistakeholder and multidimensional approaches. The Costa Rican FLW Reduction Network has been working since 2014 as a c...


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Virtual Event, 22/06/2023

SAVE the DATE! The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will host an online knowledge-sharing webinar to promote awareness of tools and methodologies in the framework of the Technical Platform on the Measurement and Reduction of Food Loss and Waste (TPFLW) for South America.

Registration link soon available!

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Rome (Italy), Hybrid Event, 16/10/2023

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 the foundation of our food.

As rapid population growth, urbanization, economic development, and climate change put the planet’s water resources under increasing stress, the campaign will look at solutions and call for action to produce more fo...

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Virtual Event, 14/03/2023

The seminar will take a closer look at fruits and vegetables, which are among the healthiest but most wasted foods. Given their perishable nature, great care, attention, and cooperation along all parts of fruit and vegetable value chains are required to reduce food loss and waste.


Amid a worsening climate crisis and slow progress in cutting greenhouse gases, sustainable agrifood systems and practices can help countries and communities to adapt, build resilience and mitigate emissions. FAO is working with countries and partners at all levels to address the challenges of food security, climate change and biodiversity loss. But success in this area will ultimately require global commitment to significantly increasing the quality and quantity of climate finance.


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.


At the mid-point of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, there is an urgent need to understand where the world stands in eliminating hunger and food insecurity, as well as in ensuring sustainable agriculture. The new report of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), titled Tracking progress on food and agriculture-related SDG indicators, offers analysis and trends on indicators across eight Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


The International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and waste (IDAFLW) on 29 September 2023 makes a clear call to action for public and private entities to take action to reduce food loss and waste (FLW) towards transforming global agrifood systems and contributing to achieve the 2030 Agenda goals.


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


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.