During this side event of the 153rd Council of the FAO (CL153), FAO, IFPRI, and CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions and Markets (PIM) will launch the Technical Platform on the Measurement and Reduction of Food Loss and Waste and highlight knowledge and concrete steps required to scale-up food loss and waste prevention and reduction. During the Turkish G20 Presidency, FAO provided significant inputs to the G20 work both on agriculture and development. In May 2015, the G20 Agriculture Ministers invited FAO together with IFPRI to establish a platform, building on existing systems, for sharing information and experiences in measuring and reducing food loss and waste. The Ministers strongly supported the Technical Platform on Food Loss and Waste as the major practical outcome of the meeting which was also endorsed by at the G20 Leaders Antalya Communiqué in November 2015. The Platform welcomes world-wide members and will also work on solutions for low-income countries.
FAO defines food waste and food loss in the following ways:
- Food loss: Food losses take place at production, post-harvest and processing stages in the food supply chain. Food losses are greatest in developing countries where agricultural technologies and infrastructure are less developed.
- Food waste: Food waste occurs at the end of the food chain (retail and final consumption stages) and relate to retailers’ and consumers’ behaviour. Food waste is most prominent in developed countries. Both food loss and waste is “measured only for products that are directed to human consumption,excluding feed and parts of products which are not edible.