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

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Workers sort grains

News

Women shopping fruits
03/02/2023
On behalf of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, and the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy, Antonio Tajani, announced today the UN Food Systems Stocktaking Moment, will take place in Rome, Italy from 24 – 26 July 2023, at the premises of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
26/10/2022
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.
30/08/2022

Food loss and waste (FLW) is a global burden with a negative impact on the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. The loss and waste of food suitable for human consumption hampers food security and nutrition and hinders the realization of the human right to ...

Articles
14/11/2022

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.

15/08/2022

Across Asia, tech startups are taking food otherwise destined for landfill and providing discounted meals through mobile phone apps.

 
Events

29/9

2023

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!

19/10

2022

21/10

2022

Hybrid Event, 19/10/2022 - 21/10/2022

Global food security in the XXIs: Risks, challenges and solutions to ensure resilient and sustainable fresh food supply chains

At a time where urgent action is needed to secure accessibility to food worldwide, WUWM Abu Dhabi 2022 will bring together high level public and private sector practitioners and experts from around the world in productive dialogue around these ke...

25/3

2015

27/3

2015

Dresden (Germany), Hybrid Event, 25/03/2015 - 27/03/2015

FAO is organizing a seminar on “environmental resources and food losses and waste” at the Dresden Nexus Conference 2015 . The conference takes place from 25-27 March 2015 in Dresden, Germany under the heading of ”Global Change, Sustainable Development Goa

 
Projects
 
Publications
12/07/2023

This report provides an update on global progress towards the targets of ending hunger (SDG Target 2.1) and all forms of malnutrition (SDG Target 2.2) and estimates on the number of people who are unable to afford a healthy diet. This report has highlighted that the intensification and interaction of conflict, climate extremes and economic slowdowns and downturns, combined with highly unaffordable nutritious foods and growing inequality, are pushing us off track to meet the SDG 2 targets.

04/03/2023

This report aims at inspiring strategic thinking and actions to transform agrifood systems towards a sustainable, resilient and inclusive future.

Onions and tomatoes at the market.
26/04/2023

This discussion paper highlights the interlinkages between nutrition and the environment across various dimensions from policy to impact. It focuses on diets and food systems, which lie at the nutrition−environment nexus, including some aspects related to FLW.

 
Multimedia
22/03/2023

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.

29/09/2022

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...

13/06/2022

This video looks at an example of achieving better nutrition in Malaysia through reductions of food loss and waste.

14/10/2019

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.