Food losses and waste in the context of sustainable food systems

A.J.M. Timmermans, J. Ambuko, W. Belik, Jikun Huang

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Abstract

The issue of global food losses and waste has recently received much attention and has been given high visibility. According to FAO, almost one-third of food produced for human consumption – approximately 1.3 billion tonnes per year – is either lost or wasted globally: their reduction is now presented as essential to improve food security and to reduce the environmental footprint of food systems. In this context, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), in its Thirty-ninth Session (October 2012) requested the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) to undertake a study on “Food losses and waste in the context of sustainable food systems” to be presented to the CFS Plenary in 2014. The very extent of food losses and waste invites to consider them not as an accident but as an integral part of food systems. Food losses and waste are consequences of the way food systems function, technically, culturally and economically. This report analyses food losses and waste in a triple perspective: a systemic perspective, a sustainability perspective, including the environmental, social and economic dimensions of sustainability, and a food security and nutrition perspective, looking at how food losses and waste relate to the various dimensions of food security and nutrition
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationRome
PublisherCFS Committee on World Food Security HLPE
Number of pages116
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameHPLE report / High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition
PublisherCFS Committee on World Food Security HLPE
No.8

Keywords

  • food wastage
  • losses
  • food security
  • sustainability

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    Timmermans, A. J. M., Ambuko, J., Belik, W., & Huang, J. (2014). Food losses and waste in the context of sustainable food systems. (HPLE report / High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition; No. 8). CFS Committee on World Food Security HLPE. https://edepot.wur.nl/309118