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


Woodlot farmer Ruth Wairimu is helped by her husband and her grandchild to gather maize up at her house and farm


Benefits and Limitations of Methods of Measuring Food Losses
At COP-28, a side-event discusses how FLW reduction can contribute to GHG emissions reduction ...
Reducing food loss and waste represents a triple win opportunity ...
The event, which aimed at gathering perspectives and experiences from stakeholders from various parts of the world regarding applying science and leveraging innovation to sustainably reduce food loss and waste (FLW), resulted in a very rich discussion that looked at the nature of science and innovation for FLW reduction and the enabling environment to support innovation.

Food losses and waste (FLW) reduction and mitigating climate impact in food chains are priorities in achieving sustainable development goals. However, many FLW-reducing interventions induce additional greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, for example, from energy, fuel, or packaging.


A transition to off-grid, solar-powered cold storage systems can reduce food waste and make more food available for subsistence and sales, ensuring food security and economic development while minimizing the adverse effects of conventional, fossil fuel-based agricultural value chains.


The food cold chain has serious implications for climate change and the environment. Emissions from food loss and waste due to lack of refrigeration totalled an estimated 1 gigatonne of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent in 2017 – about 2 percent of total global greenhouse gas emissions.


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Virtual Event, 27/03/2024

To mark the second annual International Day of Zero Waste, UNEP will launch its Food Waste Index Report 2024 on 27 March 2024. The report provides the latest global ...

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Hybrid Event, 29/03/2024

Through the Year’s observance, the unique nutritional qualities and agronomic traits of millets were demonstrated, thereby raising awareness and directing critically needed policy attention to their suitability for sustainable crop production systems, especially with minimal inputs and under adverse and changing climatic conditions. Additionally, key business opportunities were validated for di...

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Virtual Event, 08/05/2024

The “2024 Food loss and waste masterclass series: the basics“ involves a number of virtual events targeted to youth that have an interest in reducing food loss and waste towards achieving agrifood system transformation and enhancing the  sustainability of food supplies. The April 2024 session will cover FLW basic principles, but targeting those in European, African, North American and C...


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.


Agrifood systems generate significant benefits to society, including the food that nourishes us and jobs and livelihoods for over a billion people. However, their negative impacts due to unsustainable business-as-usual activities and practices are contributing to climate change, natural resource degradation and the unaffordability of healthy diets.


FAO National Goodwill Ambassador for Ireland Diarmuid Gavin speaks with chef and zero food waste advocate Conor Spacey


For the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste 2023, FAO National Goodwill Ambassador for Ireland Diarmuid Gavin in conversation with FAO National Goodwill Ambassador for Ecuador, Chef Rodrigo Pacheco.


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.


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.