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


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FAO online webinar to promote awareness of the various tools and methodologies.
Measuring Food Losses and Food Waste a parallel session at ICAS VII
A set of parallel sessions on "Sustainable Agricultural Production and Consumption" is organized. In this framework FAO is coordinating a dedicated one on "Measuring Food Losses and Food Waste". 
African Union (AU) Malabo Declaration on Agriculture and Postharvest Losses

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...


Since the first case was confirmed in Africa in late February, numbers have grown to over 4,500 cases in...


In West Africa, the pandemic has highlighted not just the weaknesses of the supply chain, but also and above all the difficulty of limiting food losses and wastage. On top of logistical failings, a lack of technology and dependence on imports, the coronavirus crisis has exacerbated what was alrea...


In the current health and economic crisis triggered by COVID-19, regional markets in Africa have actually suffered very little from shortages.




Rome (Italy), Hybrid Event, 29/09/2023

Take action to reduce food loss and waste toward transforming agrifood systems!

The International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste will make a clear call to action for public and private entities to take action to reduce food loss and waste toward transforming agrifood systems to contribute to the achievement of the 2030 agenda. Get involved!





Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), 19/09/2023 - 22/09/2023

Hosted by the African Union Commission (AUC) at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the congress is being organized by the AUC in collaboration with various partners, including development partners, private sector actors, academic/research institutions, and civil society.





Rome (Italy), Hybrid Event, 01/01/2023 - 31/12/2023

The United Nations General Assembly at its 75th session in March 2021 declared 2023 the International Year of Millets (IYM 2023). FAO is the lead agency for celebrating the Year in collaboration with other relevant stakeholders. Millets can grow on arid lands with minimal inputs and are resilient to changes in climate.


The observance of the First International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste (IDAFLW) on 29 September 2020 will make a clear call to action for both the public (national or local authorities) and the private (businesses and individuals) sectors to bolster efforts to reduce food loss and waste toward ensuring food security for all and particularly the most vulnerable, impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Smallholder farmers are responsible for most of the food consumed in the world, as well as most of the investments made in agriculture. They operate largely in a range of local and national markets that are embedded in territorial food systems, also known as “territorial markets”. From a consumer perspective, these markets serve as key retail outlets for access to the foods needed for healthy diets, in particular fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, meat and staple foods.


Cowpea is a legume that is extensively grown, particularly throughout sub-Saharan Africa. It is a subsistence crop, often intercropped with sorghum, maize and pearl millet. The peas provide valuable protein, the leaves are used as a nutritious vegetable and the rest of the plant serves for animal feed. The plants are drought tolerant and grow well on relatively poor soils. The peas can be consumed fresh or removed from the pods and dried.


When food is loss or wasted, all the resources that were used to produce this food -, including water, land, energy, labour and capital – go to waste. In addition, the disposal of food loss and waste in landfills, leads to greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to climate change.


Every year, around 14 percent of the world’s food is lost after harvest and in the distribution chain prior to retail, and an additional 17 percent of food available to consumers is wasted. Food loss and waste account for 8 to 10 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon dioxide i...


This animation shows some best practices when it comes to storing your crop to prevent mold growth.