Food loss and waste: a global problem
The world produces an enormous amount of food to sustain its population, yet a substantial portion of it goes to waste or is lost throughout the supply chain. Food loss refers to the reduction in the quantity or quality of food throughout the production, post-harvest, and processing stages, primarily in developing countries with inadequate infrastructure and storage facilities. It is estimated that up to one-third of all food produced globally is lost before it even reaches consumers. Food waste occurs mainly in developed countries, primarily at the consumer and retail levels. It refers to the discarding of edible food that is still fit for consumption.
Addressing food waste and food loss requires a multifaceted approach involving governments, businesses, communities, and individuals. By tackling food waste and food loss on a global scale, we can work towards achieving food security, reducing environmental degradation, and fostering a more equitable and sustainable future for all.