SAVE FOOD: Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction
Globally, 14 percent of all food produced is lost or wasted from harvest to transport, storage, and processing, amounting to around USD 400 billion (FAO, 2019) while, in 2019, around...
Loss and waste of nutritious foods needs to be an urgent ‘new’ priority for improving diets and nutrition. Both fundamentally affect the availability and affordability of foods which make up healthy diets, and...
Recognizing that children and young people are the consumers that will shape the food waste scenario of the future, thus investing in their education to reduce food waste, will help...
From the metallic skylines of Lagos, Nigeria to Zoug, a quiet city in Western Saharan known for little more than nearby Neolithic artwork, food systems are changing at a dramatic...

FAO and Messe Düsseldorf are collaborating with donors, bi- and multi-lateral agencies and financial institutions and private sector partners (the food packaging industry and others) to develop and implement the programme on food loss and waste reduction.




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Global food losses and food waste

Global food losses and food waste

The study highlights the losses occurring along the entire food chain, and makes assessments of their magnitude. Further, it identifies causes of food losses and possible ways of preventing them [...]

Global initiative on food loss and waste reduction - brochure

Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste

Food losses and waste represent a serious depletion of technical, financial and natural resources invested in land preparation, production, harvesting, handling, processing and packaging of food. [...]



The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and World Food Programme (WFP) launched the joint project “Mainstreaming food loss reduction initiatives for smallholders in food deficit areas” which is funded by the Swiss Government. The project aims to tackle food losses in grains and pulses value chains in three pilot countries (Burkina Faso, DRC and Uganda), and one of its outcomes is a web-based Food loss reduction Community of Practice.

SAVE FOOD supports the following initiatives: