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


Agricultural Input Assistance to Vulnerable Smallholder Farmers in Zimbabwe


FAO online webinar to promote awareness of the various tools and methodologies.
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...


In the framework of the Food Processing and Packaging Exposyum (FPPE) 2014 on 19 November (9:00-17:00 hrs / Nairobi, Kenya) FAO held a one-day event on Food Loss Reduction - Partnership and Capacity Building


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


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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.

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Sharm El-Sheikh (Egypt), Hybrid Event, 15/11/2022

Part of the activities of the Food Is Never Waste Coalition (of which FAO is a member) at COP27 in Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt saw the launching of a pledge to mobilize commitments...

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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

Title Global initiative on food loss and waste reduction
Project Code none
Donor Ireland

Mango is an important fruit for inhabitants of the tropics, with India being the largest producer. The trees require a frost-free tropical or sub-tropical climate, are 10 to 40 m in height and evergreen. The fruit is produced seasonally and eaten fresh or used in various recipes. In recent years, mangoes have become well established as fresh fruit and processed products in the global market.


Post-harvest handling is critical to Avocado fruit quality; mechanical damage, over chilling and fungal contamination are the most common causes of loss. There is a large world-wide market for predominantly fresh fruit but also for processed foods and cosmetic products.


Sorghum is the fifth most important cereal grown with a world production of over 55 million tonnes in 2008 (FAOSTAT). Most varieties are heat and drought tolerant, hence it is an important crop in arid areas. It is an important source of food in Africa, Central America, and South Asia and is also used to produce alcoholic beverages and biofuel.


Responding to postharvest challenges faced by farmers like James, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Government, through its agricultural extension arms – Departments of Agricultural Mechanization and AGRITEX, rolled out a project aimed at reducing post harvest grain losses.


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


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