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


Food waste


FAO online webinar to promote awareness of the various tools and methodologies.
A one-day workshop aimed at launching the activities planned in Uganda within the framework of the RBAs joint project funded by the Swiss Agency for International Cooperation was organized by FAO.

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the UN Rome based agencies (FAO, IFAD and WFP) co-organized a workshop on Post-Harvest Management (PHM) / Food Loss Reduct...


As Uganda joins the world in celebrating the first ever observance of the International day of food loss and waste, we recognize the fundamental need to transform and rebalance the way our food is produced and consumed. There might not be quick fixes for this problem, but there are approaches tha...


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






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), 14/10/2014

41st session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) Side event ‘Getting into Action on Food Losses and Waste (FLW)’ co-organized by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Rome-based UN Agencies Food and Agriculture Organizat





Virtual Event, 13/10/2014 - 13/01/2015

“What are your experiences in levels of grain losses, particularly maize? How were they measured? What solutions can be/were implement to reduce these losses? What success stories can you share with the Community? ” In Kenya, the SAVE FOOD Initiative and


Potato is an important staple food world-wide, claiming fourth place after maize, rice and wheat. It is a good carbohydrate source in addition to other nutritional benefits. Potatoes are cooked before consumption which reduces the presence of the toxic alkaloid solanine. Developing countries now produce approximately one third of world production, which was 314 million tonnes in 2008 (FAOSTAT).


Cassava is an edible root that provides an important source of carbohydrates for an estimated 500 million people in Africa, Asia and the Americas. World production was 230 million tonnes in 2008, with Nigeria as the largest producer followed by Brazil, Thailand and Indonesia (FAOSTAT).


Groundnut is rich in oil and protein and has a high-energy value. The largest producers are China, India, Nigeria and the United States of America, but many other African and South American countries also have sizeable production. Groundnut provides high-quality cooking oil and is an important source of protein for both human and animal diets.


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


Post-harvest food loss is a major contributor to hunger and under nutrition affecting farming families across Africa. Farmers who chose to participate in WFP’s Zero Food Loss Initiative have seen a drastic reduction in grain losses (from 40% to less than 2%), a tripling of incomes, and availability of food throughout the lean season.


In New York, during the UN Food Systems Summit all commitments to action were disclosed, and the "Food is Never Waste Coalition" was launched. This video describes the rationale and aims of the coalition.


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.