1.3 billion tonnes of food lost or wasted according to the Food and Agriculture Organization
“It is estimated that roughly 30 percent of global food production, that is 40-50 percent of root crops, fruits and vegetables, 20 percent of oilseeds, meat and dairy products and 35 per cent of fish, is either lost or wasted. This amounts to some 1.3 billion tonnes - or enough food to feed 2 billion people.”
“IFAD Vice-President Michel Mordasini highlighted the importance of farmers in reducing food losses noting how food losses remain 'unacceptably high and greatly impact smallholder farmers who are most vulnerable'".
“'The available technical solutions still have to be made accessible and affordable to those farming communities. I am therefore encouraged by the fact that the Global Community of Practice on Food Losses will engage with and tap into the knowledge of farmers and practitioners, as well as researchers, development agencies and policymakers,' Mordasini said.”
“WFP Assistant Executive Director, Ramiro Lopes da Silva, welcomed the launch of the new platform and noted how WFP's own Post-Harvest Loss Reduction initiative currently reaches 16,000 smallholder farm families in Uganda, with the aim of reducing post-harvest losses by 70 percent amongst participating smallholder farmers.”
"'Through the CoP, we look forward to sharing these experiences and best practices with other organizations involved in similar efforts', Lopes da Silva said.”