Astonishing figures indicate that the world loses or wastes about one-quarter to one-third of the food it produces for consumption.

Worldbank: This issue of the Food Price Watch  also explores food losses and food waste across the globe, using key estimates from the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Resources Institute.

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The amount of food wasted and lost globally is shameful. Millions of people around the world go to bed hungry every night, and yet millions of tons of food end up in trash cans or spoiled on the way to market. We have to tackle this problem in every country in order to improve food security and to end poverty. Close Quotes

Jim Yong Kim
President, World Bank Group

Astonishing figures indicate that the world loses or wastes about one-quarter to one-third of the food it produces for consumption. In Africa and South Asia, regions severely affected by undernourishment, this loss represents 400–500 kcal per person per day.

In addition to their impact on food insecurity, food loss and waste cause huge economic, energy, and natural resource inefficiencies and have poverty implications. Potential solutions to prevent food loss and waste include changing agricultural production techniques; making large investments in transport and storage infrastructure; and changing consumer and commercial behavior.

Read the full report here, and join author José Cuesta for a live chat on food loss and waste, Tuesday, March 4 at 9am ET.

Categories: Europe and Australia

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