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

Capacity Building to Reduce Avoidable Food Waste in Micro, Small and Medium Food Processing Enterprises and in Retail

Countries Thailand
Start date 31/05/2017
End date 29/11/2022
Status Completed
Donor Japan
Recipient / Target Areas Thailand
Project Code GCP/GLO/809/JPN
Objective / Goal

The project is in line with the Sustainable Development Goal 12.3: By 2030, halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses.

Beneficiaries Micro, small and medium entrepreneurs in Thailand as well as food retailers in other countries will benefit from guidelines and practical proven advice on technical and managerial actions required for reducing food waste.  The Thai Government will also benefit from a coordinated strategy to address the reduction of food waste in SMEs.
Small entrepreneurs will also benefit from access to the Information Network on Post-harvest Operations (INPhO).
Activities 1.) The project will survey the causes of food waste in MSMEs and in retail establishments in Thailand, with a view to understanding the underlying causes of food waste in food processing, distribution and retail.  Survey data collected will form the basis for the development of a manual on the reduction of FW in distribution and in retail targeted to the private sector. Through the conduct of pilots, the project will seek to validate a draft manual on the reduction of FW in processing, distribution and retail for use by MSMEs and will set the basis for the potential development of a food waste prevention/reduction/management strategy.
2.) The project will contribute significantly to food waste reduction in processing, distribution and in retail in Thailand in line with CPF output 2.1 - Improved post-harvest system and value chain development with emphasis on food waste/loss management. 
3.) It will contribute to: SP40202: Support is provided for the development of evidence-based food losses and waste reduction programmes at national, regional and global levels, of FAOs Strategic Framework.   
Related publications

Reducing FLW is not, however, a high priority for many micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in developing countries. MSMEs often do not quantify the food that is lost in their processing and distribution operations, or wasted in retail, and their real impacts on profitability and the environment.