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Resource Efficiency

A global standard for measuring food loss and waste

12/11/2013

As a result of food demand constantly increasing around the world, the World Resources Institute (WRI) has recently announced the development of a ‘Food Loss and Waste Protocol’. The Protocol will assist countries and businesses to measure and monitor the food intended for human consumption that is wasted in their value chains and will help establish a global standard for food loss measurement. Read more…

The development of the Protocol was first announced at the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) conference in Copenhagen, which was attended by a number of key stakeholders such as the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The protocol will help overcome the barriers organisations face when trying to quantify food loss, harmonise measuring approaches across the globe, and ensure consistency and transparency.

As world population increases, food demand is also growing dramatically and can pose a challenge to future generations. It is estimated that a shocking 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted annually, the equivalent of one-third of the food that is fit for human consumption. At the same time, almost 870 million people face a lack of food every day. However, studies show that reducing food loss by 50% by 2050 could cover more than 20% of the gap between the food available today and the food required by 2050.

It is also estimated that, in developing countries, approximately half of the food calories wasted are lost at the point of consumption, while two-thirds are lost after harvest and in storage. These figures make it apparent that accurate measuring and monitoring of food waste can significantly reduce lost food. The Protocol will support the ‘Think Eat Save: Reduce Your Food Print’ campaign led by UNEP in collaboration with FAO, WRAP and other partners, and FAO's ‘Save Food Initiative’. It will also build on other initiatives in this area.

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