New partnership aims to reduce food waste

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Tomatoes for sale at Sabzi Mandi, a wholesale fruits and vegetable market in Multan. Photo:@FAO/Asim Hafeez

A new partnership to reduce food has been formed by the UN agriculture agency and wholesalers around the world.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Union of Wholesale Markets are partnering to boost food security in cities through better markets.

Cathrine Hasselberg reports.

The UN agriculture agency and the World Union of Wholesale Markets are focusing on gathering detailed information about food waste.

FAO says that while significant volumes of food are handled in wholesale markets, particularly in developing countries, information gaps exist about food waste in the marketing process, including storage and transportation.

It is estimated that one third of the food produced globally for human consumption, which is approximately 1.3 billion tonnes every year, is lost or wasted.

The UN agriculture agency says that over 40 per cent of root crops, fruits and vegetables are lost or wasted along with 35 percent of fish, 30 percent of cereals and 20 per cent of oilseeds, meat and dairy products.

The economic value of total food waste is estimated to be about US 1trillion annually.

Cathrine Hasselberg, United Nations.

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