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International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste
29 September 2020

This year marks the first observance of the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste. It also comes during the global COVID-19 pandemic, which has brought about a global wake-up on the need to transform and rebalance the way our food is produced and consumed.

A significant share of the food produced in developing countries gets lost along the supply chain, before it ever reaches the market. These losses have negative impacts on the livelihoods, nutrition and food security of millions of small-scale farmers. And, especially when considering the waste of resources used to grow this lost food, the economic and environmental cost related to this loss is very high.

Food loss reduction offers a clear opportunity to improve global food security – without putting additional pressure on the environment.

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Keeping food on the table and preventing food loss when business is not as usual

September 2020 - STORY
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Towards zero food waste in Indonesia’s fishing communities

September 2020 - STORY

Along Indonesia’s coastal communities, many small-scale fishers struggle to make a living. Indonesia is the world’s third largest producer of fish, but many of these communities have historically lacked access to the technology and resources they needed to preserve their catch until it reaches the markets, which are usually far from their rural coastal inlets.

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