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


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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.


The International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and waste (IDAFLW) on 29 September 2023 makes a clear call to action for public and private entities to take action to reduce food loss and waste (FLW) towards transforming global agrifood systems and contributing to achieve the 2030 Agenda goals.


FAO has just developed a new app to convert a methodology to measure food losses at the farm level. The Food Loss App - FLAPP’s main objective is to help designing targeted policies and incentives that in the future will allow losses to be reduced, directly impacting UN Sustainable Goal Target 12.3.


Reducing food loss increases both food supply and income. This was the case in Thailand, thanks to some simple technical innovations in germinated brown rice processing. A Japanese-funded project brought together FAO, The Thai government and Mahidol University for reducing food waste in micro-, small and medium food processing enterprises in the Northeastern part of the country.


FAO National Goodwill Ambassador for Ireland Diarmuid Gavin interviews Iseult Ward, Co-founder, Food Cloud, Ireland. Food Cloud is a non-profit social enterprise headquartered in Ireland that has established solutions for food redistribution which connects food businesses with local producers....


Every year, around 14 percent of the world’s food is lost after harvest and in the distribution chain prior to retail, and an additional 17 percent of food available to consumers is wasted. Food loss and waste account for 8 to 10 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon dioxide i...


This video looks at an example of achieving better nutrition in Malaysia through reductions of food loss and waste.


Rosa Rolle, FAO officer, highlights how food loss and waste present challenges to meeting our goals of feeding a growing population, but there are steps we can take to diminish food loss and waste.


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.

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FAO National Goodwill Ambassador for Ireland Diarmuid Gavin speaks with chef and zero food waste advocate Conor Spacey


For the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste 2023, FAO National Goodwill Ambassador for Ireland Diarmuid Gavin in conversation with FAO National Goodwill Ambassador for Ecuador, Chef Rodrigo Pacheco.


António Guterres, UN Secretary-General on the occasion of the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste (29 September 2020)


When food is loss or wasted, all the resources that were used to produce this food -, including water, land, energy, labour and capital – go to waste. In addition, the disposal of food loss and waste in landfills, leads to greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to climate change.


The videos were produced for Timorese audience to create awareness on food losses and food waste. The short version is to be shown on national TV whereas the long version is to be shown in awareness raising activities planned under the project.


FANRAPAN regional climate-smart agriculture policy dialogue hosted in Lusaka in August 2015 and some practical ways to reduce pre- and post-harvest losses in the Zambia and Malawi experiences


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.