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

Training and capacity building Publications

Food loss is a complex issue, often with multiple and interrelated causes operating at different levels. This e-learning course introduces the FAO Case study methodology for the analysis of critical food loss points. This method focuses on revealing and analyzing the multidimensional causes of losses in selected food supply chains, identification of critical loss points, and recommendation of feasible food loss reduction solutions and strategies.


Stakeholders from across the Mediterranean shared practical experiences of their engagement in circular economy practices for food waste management at urban/local level. Tackling food waste and circularity from diverse angles of the Mediterranean food systems, they reflected on success factors and challenges, discussing ways to facilitate partnerships and replication of solutions across the Mediterranean.

A holistic approach to food loss reduction in Africa

This paper highlights the critical need for a paradigm shift of current research and development programs aimed at food loss reduction, as demonstrated by findings of a project implemented in Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda by the United Nations Rome-based Agencies (RBAs) – The Food and...


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...


This report presents details about the training workshop and experience gained from testing of the Guidelines on fish loss measurement. It includes situation analysis, training needs assessment (TNA), selection of participants, goal and objectives, training description, preparation of training, delivery of training, and evaluation.


Guidance for stakeholders in the horticultural supply chain. Good post-harvest handling is important in maintaining the quality and safety of papayas as they are transported from the farm to the market.




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...


This publication aims to help policy-makers, project designers and field practitioners to conceptualize the nexus between gender equality and food loss while offering practical guidance on and tools for integrating gender concerns into the planning and implementation of food loss studies and reduction strategies and interventions.


Guidance for horticultural supply chain stakeholders. Bananas are grown in Timor-Leste for their economic and nutritional value. A number of banana cultivars are produced by smallholder farmers mainly for domestic consumption. Ripened bananas are consumed as dessert fruit. Immature or green bananas are consumed in the cooked state and are processed into chips. Bananas provide a good source of energy.


Guidance for horticultural supply chain stakeholders Mango is one of the most important and popular fruits in Bangladesh and is referred to as the “king of fruits” because of its excellent overall eating characteristics. It is consumed as a fresh fruit, in the frozen, preserved or dried forms or is processed into juices, purees, chutneys and pickles. Ripe mangoes are best eaten as fresh fruit, usually as a dessert and are used in the production of confectionery, ice cream, and bakery products.


Guidance for horticultural supply chain stakeholders. Snap bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) ranks 6th as the most demanded vegetable in Sri Lanka. It is produced mostly on small farms. The peak harvest seasons for snap beans are March – April and September – December.


Guidance for horticultural supply chain stakeholders. Cauliflower (Brassica oleracea var. botrytis) is a cash crop and the number one vegetable crop in terms of production and value in Nepal. The popularity and high consumer demand for cauliflower stem from its nutritional quality and health benefits. Cauliflower contains high levels of Vitamins C and B, calcium (Ca), Iron (Fe) and phosphorus (P) and is known to have health promoting benefits.


Guidance for horticultural supply chain stakeholders. Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.) is a vegetable crop popularly consumed in Bangladesh. It is commonly used for table consumption in fresh form or as an ingredient in many cooked dishes.

Food Loss Analysis e-learning course

This e-learning course introduces the FAO Case study methodology for the analysis of critical food loss points. This method focuses on revealing and analyzing the multidimensional causes of losses in selected food supply chains, identification of critical loss points, and recommendation of feasible food loss reduction solutions and strategies. It...

Policy Measures for managing quality and reducing postharvest losses in fresh produce supply chain in South Asian countries.

Smallholders and traders are key stakeholders in fruit and vegetable supply chains supplying local mass markets across South Asian countries. Training these stakeholders and introducing simple technical innovations into these supply chains can dramatically improve the quality and shelf-life of fresh produce and reduce losses, thereby generating economic benefits for...


This book aims to serve as a reference and guideline document for small and microenterprises, small-scale organizations, non-governmental organizations, government agencies, the manufacturers of bulk milk coolers for small and microenterprises, and teaching and educational institutions offering courses in dairying, food sciences and technology.

Developing the cold chain in the agrifood sector in sub-Saharan Africa

This policy brief is based on the proceedings of the Re- gional workshop on the use of the cold chain in the development of agriculture and agro- industries in sub-Saharan Africa, organized in Yaoundé (Cameroon) in June 2012. The workshop brought together speakers from diverse backgrounds to analyse findings from...


Oilseeds such as mustard, Niger seed, rape, sesame, soybean or sunflower offer a range of opportunities for small farmers, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Oilseed crushing can range from a large industrial scale to manual processing on farm as a small scale agro-enterprise. Home utilization of the edible oils is of great nutritional value and the protein rich by-product “cake” is fed to livestock.


Papaya (Pawpaw) is an early-bearing, space-conserving, herbaceous crop requiring a tropical climate. It is fast growing and has a single straight or sometimes branched stem reaching 2-10 m height. With the development of better cultivation techniques, new varieties, improved crop handling and post-harvest technologies, papaya is gaining importance in the world tropical fruit market.