International Day of Awareness on Food Loss and Waste Reduction
According to FAO, around 14% of the world's food is lost after harvest, up to - but not including the retail stage of the supply chain, and an estimated 17% is wasted in retail and at the consumption level.
This food loss and waste account for 8 -10% of the total global GHGs. Contributing to an unstable climate and extreme weather events such as droughts and flooding. These changes negatively impact crop yields, reduce the nutritional quality of crops, cause supply chain disruptions and threaten food security and nutrition.
An estimated 3.1 billion people worldwide do not have access to a healthy diet and some 828 million people go hungry. All of this means there is an urgent need to accelerate action to reduce food loss and waste.
By applying climate smart innovation, new technologies, and infrastructure we can reduce food loss and waste. This is the key to increasing efficiency and at the same time reducing food system emissions.
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization