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UN Food Agency Urges Companies and Organizations to Join Global Food Waste Initiative

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By Olivia Arnow

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) issued a statement calling upon companies and organizations around the world to join the Save Food Initiative and reduce global waste.

FAO and Save Food call on companies to help curb global food waste. (Photo credit: Bernard Pollack)

Save Food, established in 2011, has over 50 partners including donors, bi-and multi-lateral agencies, and financial institutions including IFAD, World Bank, WFP, UNIDO, EU, and African Development Bank. The initiative aims to reduce the 1.3 billion tons of food wasted each year totaling nearly $1 trillion, $680 billion in industrialized countries and $310 billion in developing nations.

FAO has enlisted the help of trade fair organizer Messe Düsseldorf GmbH and fair trade processor, Interpack, to generate support and gain the expertise of private sector partners and non-profits organizations.

According to FAO, food losses impact small farmers in developing countries the hardest, with almost 65 percent of food waste occurring during production and processing. In contrast, most food waste from industrialized countries occurs at the consumer level.



FAO report: 1.3 billion tons of food produced for human consumption lost or wasted each year

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By Lacey Cochart

According to a new report from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 222 million tons of food is wasted by industrialized countries each year—this nearly equivalent to sub-Saharan Africa’s 230 million tons of net food production per year. The report, Global Food Losses and Food Waste: Extent, Causes and Prevention, says that “because many smallholder farmers in developing countries live on the margins of food insecurity, a reduction of food losses could have an immediate and significant impact on their livelihoods.” And in the developing world, according to State of the World 2011 author Tristram Stuart, 150 million tons of grain is lost per year in low-income countries—six times the amount needed to meet the needs of all the hungry people in the developing world.

According to a new FAO report on food waste, the highest percentage of food loss occurs in the post harvest stage in many developing countries. (Photo credit: Bernard Pollack)

Although the report states food losses are high in both industrialized and developing countries, it distinguishes between the two groups, stating that “food losses in industrialized countries are as high as in developing countries, but in developing countries more than 40 percent of food losses occur at post harvest and processing levels, while in industrialized countries, more than 40 percent of food losses occur at retail and consumer levels.” And, according to FAO, “food losses represent a waste of resources used in production such as land, water, energy and inputs.” FAO also highlights that “producing food that will not be consumed leads to unnecessary CO2 emissions in addition to loss of economic value of the food produced.”

Food prices are dramatically higher this year, nearing record highs that occurred in 2007. The Trade and Markets Division of the FAO, published a Food Outlook Global Market Analysis for June, 2011, which states “over the past twelve months, the cost of the typical food basket around the world has risen 48 percent.” The report further states “the aggregate cost of imported foodstuffs at the world level could reach a record $1.29 trillion in 2011, some 21 percent more than 2010.”