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

The SAVE FOOD Initiative field studies in Kenya

 

During the recent decades numerous studies have been undertaken to assess the quantities of food losses and food waste in many countries of the world. Most of these studies were conducted at national level, and based on literature review, statistical data, and stakeholder interviews.

The research revealed the knowledge gap: we have quantitative estimations of food losses, we know the causes of food losses, and we know that food loss reduction will be of great benefit to all actors in the food production and supply chains, to food security for poor people, and to the environment. However, we don’t know yet which causes of food losses are the most important, what is the impact of solutions and which solutions are viable and cost-effective, in economic, environmental and food security terms. Meaning: the solution to food loss should not be more expensive than the food loss itself, should not place a higher burden on the environment and greenhouse gas emission, should make more food available to the people that need it most, and should be socially and culturally acceptable.

Therefore the ‘food supply chain’ case studies have been designed, for the most important food sub- sectors in developing countries. In these case studies primary and empirical data will be generated for the different causes of food losses, and solutions for food losses will be analysed for their feasibility.

 

Food Loss Assessments: Causes and Solutions. Case Studies in Small-scale Agriculture and Fisheries Subsectors. KENYA: Banana, Maize, Milk, and Fish

 

Year: 2014
Author: FAO