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

Publications

Hotel Waste Measurement Methodology
01/01/2021

Following the steps in the methodology, hotels will be able to consistently measure and track the following metrics for a hotel or portfolio: Total waste, including total food waste (metric tons) Total waste, including total food waste, per square meter (kilograms) Diversion rate (waste and food waste) (%) Other metrics can be integrated with...

01/01/2021

This brochure highlights the achievements and results of a project jointly developed and implemented by the three United Nations (UN) Rome-based agencies (RBA) FAO, IFAD, and WFP from 2013 to 2020, funded by the Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency, that contributes towards the AU Malabo declaration and SDG targets for...

Adoption of food loss and waste-reducing interventions in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
01/01/2021

This paper illustrates the framework using four case studies from Nigeria, Benin, and Indonesia. An important consideration for FLW interventions within the LMIC context, is the observation that economic drivers are predominant over other considerations on feasibility and implementation. This publication is intended to support the scientific and practitioners’ communities...

Support to the development of national strategies for post-harvest loss reduction
01/01/2021

This technical brief discusses the process of development of the Uganda national strategy on post-harvest loss reduction in grain supply chains which was developed in the framework of the project using the FAO food loss analysis methodology. The brief shares recommendations and lessons learned from the development of the strategy,...

Food waste in Italian households during the Covid-19 pandemic: a self-reporting approach
01/01/2021

Food waste prevention and reduction are an economic, social and environmental concern included among the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. The third target under SDG 12 (Target 12.3) on Responsible Production and Consumption aims to halve food waste by 2030 at retail and consumer...

Quantity and quality food losses across the value Chain: A Comparative analysis
01/01/2021

The essential first steps of addressing the problem of food loss are measuring the loss, identifying where in the food system it occurs, and developing effective policies to mitigate it along the value chain. Food loss has been defined in many ways, and disagreement remains over proper terminology and methodology...

The chloroplast-associated protein degradation pathway controls chromoplast development and fruit ripening in tomato
01/01/2021

The maturation of green fleshy fruit to become colourful and flavoursome is an important strategy for plant reproduction and dispersal. In tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) and many other species, fruit ripening is intimately linked to the biogenesis of chromoplasts, the plastids that are abundant in ripe fruit and specialized for the...

Benefits and Limitations of Methods of Measuring Food Losses
01/01/2021

The urgent challenge of reaching sustainable development goals (including those pertaining to the limitation of food losses and waste) raises social awareness in this area. At the same time, a need arose to conduct studies focusing on the creation of a system of gathering and reporting data on food wastage...

Research on the measurement of post-harvest losses
01/01/2021

This study connects information on minimum losses with farming practices or production technologies, to help in assessing the effectiveness of loss reduction practices and of the underlying policies and incentives that promote them. While most empirical research and data collection activities on losses tend to focus on average losses, this...

In search of economically significant food losses: Evidence from Tunisia and Egypt
01/01/2021

Large estimates of food losses among farms and intermediaries publicized recently by several international organizations invite the question: Why do economic decision makers live with such losses? The intuitive, economic response would be that the marginal benefits of loss reduction do not exceed the marginal costs. This paper analyzes the...