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The State of Food and Agriculture 2019

Moving Forward on Food Loss and Waste Reduction

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This year's edition provides new estimates of the percentage of the world's food lost from production up to the retail level. It suggests that identifying and understanding critical loss points in specific supply chains – where considerable potential exists for reducing food losses – is crucial to deciding on appropriate measures. It also provides some guiding principles for interventions based on the objectives being pursued through food loss and waste reductions, be they in improved economic efficiency, food security and nutrition, or environmental sustainability.

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Technical Annex

The loss estimates used in this report are based on the methodology developed by FAO to monitor food losses within SDG Target 12.3 – “By 2030, halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses”. Under this target, FAO developed a Food Loss Index (FLI) monitoring food losses on a global level for a basket of key commodities covering crops, livestock and fisheries products from harvest up until retail. The index focuses on the supply stages of food chains and measures changes in percentage losses over time measured by the Food Loss Percentage (FLP).

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