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


Quality of the broad beans at the kitchen


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.


FAO FLW #123 Pledge statement is now available!

It is widely recognized that food loss and waste contributes up to 10% of global GHG emissions, action is needed!


Rome/Labuan Bajo, Indonesia - The challenges undermining global food security call for a complex approach embracing investment, policy reforms and better use of resources, QU Dongy...


Turkey is increasingly concerned about the effects of climate change, weather unpredictability, and severe events on agricultural production, food loss, and livelihoods. Turkey has long struggled against climate variability and catastrophic climatic events to prevent further declines in agricultu...


This study aims to examine changes in food related behaviours that occur in Turkish households due to the Covid-19 outbreak and their effect on food waste amounts.




Virtual Event, 07/09/2023

Want to know more about the circular economy for food loss and waste and how it can help to optimize the sustainability of food systems? The upcoming session is going to go through examples and good practices from all around the globe.





Hanoi (Vietnam), 24/04/2023 - 27/04/2023

Contributing to the 2023 Stock-Taking Moment of the UN FSS follow-up process, this conference will look at how food systems need to be transformed to overcome these crises in order to minimize the risk of global collapse and achieve the SDGs.



Sharm El-Sheikh (Egypt), Hybrid Event, 16/11/2022

Commitments are required from governments and the private sector to set targets and achieve global reduction of food loss and waste. The event included a diverse set of pledges and highlights the accomplishments of governments, businesses and financial institutions.


Regulatory measures to tackle food loss and waste (FLW) include establishing institutional mechanisms for coordination of action, allocating clear roles and responsibilities among all stakeholders involved and setting binding targets for the reduction of FLW.


Wheat is widely grown around the world under diverse climatic conditions and has been the staple food of the major civilizations in Europe, Asia and North Africa for 8,000 years. As an important staple food used in a wide variety of products, post-production operations play an important role in creating a stable food supply. Wheat is also used to produce animal feedstuffs, starch and ethanol.


Barley is grown in about 70 million hectares in the world. Global production is 160 million tons. Developing countries accounts for about 18 % (26 million tons) of total barley production and 25 % (18.5 million hectares) of the total harvested area in the world.


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.


This video forms part of a series of policy and governance videos being produced by FAO in 2016.


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.