The International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste (IDAFLW) will be observed for the third time on September 29, 2022. The IDAFLW will make a clear call to action for public and private entities, from across the food system, and consumers to work together to cut food loss and waste (FLW) to mitigate climate change, and support food security and nutrition.
An estimated 14 percent of the world’s food is lost between harvest and retail, and an estimated 17 per cent is wasted in retail and at the consumption level. This comes at a time when 811 million people go hungry. This food loss and waste accounts for 8-10 percent of global GHGs – contributing to an unstable climate and extreme weather events such as droughts and flooding. These changes negatively impact crop yields, reduce the nutritional quality of crops, cause supply chain disruptions and threaten food security. All of this means there is an urgent need to accelerate action to reduce FLW.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development specifically SDG 12, target 12.3 calls for halving per-capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reducing food losses along production and supply chains.