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

Voluntary Code of Conduct for Food Loss and Waste Reduction

FAO has developed the Voluntary Code of Conduct for Food Loss and Waste Reduction (CoC) following the request of the 26th Session of the Committee on Agriculture (COAG). The CoC was developed through an inclusive process under the overall direction and guidance of the COAG Bureau. Inputs for the CoC and feedback on its contents were obtained through consultations that were organized at global and regional levels and involved different stakeholders who deal with food loss and waste (FLW) issues.

The CoC presents the actions and measures that countries, national and sub-national authorities, food supply chain actors, the private sector, producer organizations, civil society organizations, academic and research institutions, and other relevant stakeholders should take or put in place in order to contribute to FLW reduction. The CoC also presents guiding principles that should be followed in implementing these actions and measures, as well as the role that FAO and other stakeholders will be expected to play in supporting its implementation. 

You can access the CoC in Annex I of this document submitted for consideration and endorsement to the 42nd session of FAO Conference. The document was approved on 15 June 2021 by the FAO Conference to which representatives of each FAO Member Nation and Associate Member participated.