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

Publications

The Sustainable Food Systems (SFS) Programme
01/01/2020

The Sustainable Food Systems (SFS) Programme is a multi-stakeholder partnership focused on catalyzing more sustainable food consumption and production patterns. Our shared vision enables our partners to collaborate on joint initiatives, which range from normative, advocacy and policy support activities, to research and development projects as well as on-the-ground implementation...

Guidelines on the measurement of harvest and post-harvest losses
01/01/2020

This technical report provides findings of field test conducted in identified states/districts/municipalities/study area in Mexico on the basis of sampling methodology for estimation of post-harvest losses of horticultural crops (fruits and vegetables) developed by the team led by Dr. Tauqueer Ahmad, Head, Division of Sample Surveys, Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute,...

Addressing Food Loss and Waste : A Global Problem with Local Solutions
01/01/2020

The report focuses on the role that food loss and waste (FLW) could play in reducing the environmental footprint of food systems while attempting to meet the caloric and nutrient needs of a population expected to increase by 3 billion people in the next 30 years. The performance of the...

E-learning: Food Loss and waste in fish value chains
01/01/2020

Food Loss and Waste (FLW) in the fisheries sector is a complex issue with multiple and interrelated causes at different levels. Policy makers, the public and private sectors require solutions not only to be economically beneficial, but also to generate or sustain benefits for society. To understand the importance of...

Food Policy Special Issue - Food Loss and Waste
01/01/2020

Food Policy is a multidisciplinary journal publishing original research and novel evidence on issues in the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of policies for the food sector in developing, transition, and advanced economies. Our main focus is on the economic and social aspect of food policy, and we prioritize empirical studies informing international food policy debates. Provided...

A scoping review of interventions for crop postharvest loss reduction in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia
01/01/2020

Reducing postharvest losses (PHLs) of food crops is a critical component of sustainably increasing agricultural productivity. Many PHL reduction interventions have been tested, but synthesized information to support evidence-based investments and policy is scarce. In this study, PHL reduction interventions for 22 crops across 57 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and...

Food systems and COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean
01/01/2020

The ongoing pandemic has threatened the food and nutritional security of millions of Latin Americans and Caribbean people. These interruptions in the links of the value chain of the agri-food system have resulted in greater food loss and waste. We are not yet in a position to say when the...

Guidelines on the measurement of harvest and post-harvest losses
01/01/2020

In the framework of the Global strategy to improve agriculture and rural statistics (GSARS), FAO provided technical assistance to Zimbabwe on the measurement of harvest and post-harvest losses through sample surveys. The technical assistance was provided in the form of a pilot study on estimating harvest and post-harvest losses for major crops in...

01/01/2020

This brochure was developed to display the results of the FAO Technical Cooperation Project: TCP/TIM/3310, Capacity-development to reduce post-harvest losses in horticultural chains in Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries. Improvement in the implementation of good practice in post-harvest handling to assure safety were piloted. This brochure aims to provide information on...

European Food Banks today: commitment, creativity, and openness to change
01/01/2020

Even during the unexpected and unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, Food Banks belonging to the European Food Banks Federation are showing evidence to be resilient through their daily dedication and determination. The context can vary from country to country, but all European Food Banks are showing similar challenges such as the growing...