According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, approximately one-third of all food produced in the world is either lost or wasted
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, approximately one-third of all food produced in the world is either lost or wasted.
The report says that countries, cities and businesses in the food supply chain should move quickly to set reduction targets, measure progress and take action to reduce food loss and waste.
The report points out that the impact of food loss and waste worldwide is tremendous. Food loss and waste is responsible for US $ 940 billion in economic losses and 8 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions annually.
In some areas, food losses near the farm are predominant and can affect the ability of farmers to make a good living and feed their families. In Europe and North America, food wasted near the fork can affect the less fortunate.
Source: WRI analysis based on FAO. 2011. Global Food Losses and Food Waste—Extent, Causes, and Prevention. Rome: UN FAO
According to the report, governments and organisations across Europe, Africa and the United States have taken a number of steps in the past year, but much more needs to be done. The report offers three recommendations to meet Target 12.3 by 2030:
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