By: Ib Knutsen, FAO
The issue of food loss and waste has become so colossal and complex that no organization on its own can make a significant global difference. A study by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) found that as much as one-third of the entire human food production is squandered. When food is lost or wasted, so is the fertilizer used in sowing; the water used for irrigation; the petrol used for transportation; and even the land used for growing. Once out of the food-chain, the decomposing methane waste contributes 30 times as much to global warming as carbon dioxide. The sheer scale of mismanaging such a basic human necessity, in a world where an estimated 800 million people go hungry, has prompted FAO to link up with other international organizations, research institutions, as well as leading food-related companies.
The SAVE FOOD Initiative works with private, public and civil society actors to draw attention to and address these wasteful practices. Reducing food losses and waste has huge potential benefits, not least for businesses involved in the food value chain. When converted to money, the total annual food spoilage is nearly USD 700 billion for the industrialized world, and over USD 300 billion in developing countries.
The SAVE FOOD initiative is calling for new private sector partners as well as non-profit organizations involved throughout the food supply chain to join the effort and contribute their expertise.
To join SAVE FOOD: Global Initiative on Food Losses and Waste Reduction please click here or here.
For more information, please contact: Annamaria Pastore, Liaison Officer, Private Sector Team Leader, Office of Communications, Partnerships and Advocacy (OCP), Partnerships with Civil Society and Private Sector Branch (OCPP), FAO.