33% of the World’s Food Wasted

Posted by on May 19th, 2011 | 0 Comments »

Approximately 33% of the world’s food is wasted according to a recent study by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). This equates to approximately 1.3 billion tons of food that is either lost or wasted because of deficient post-harvest management, inadequate food storage and inefficient transportation among other factors.

The FAO study indicates that small farmers and poor consumers in the developing world pay a heavy price for food losses, which if reduced, would have an instant impact on improving food security and the well-being of these farmers and consumers.

According to the FAO study, one viable solution to alleviating food waste and loss would be to assist in directly connecting small farmers to consumers by strengthening food supply chains, increasing investment in transportation and infrastructure as well as improving food storage, processing and packaging.

Read the full FAO report: “Global Food Losses and Food Waste”

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