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UNEP FOOD WASTE INDEX REPORT



  Apr 04, 2024

UNEP FOOD WASTE INDEX REPORT



What is the UNEP Food Waste Index Report?

The United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Food Waste Index Report measures the amount of food wasted globally, focusing on retail and consumer levels. It aims to track progress towards halving global food waste by 2030, in line with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12.3.

How much food is wasted globally according to the latest report?

The 2024 report reveals that approximately 19% of all food produced globally in 2022 was wasted, amounting to around 1.05 billion metric tons.

Why is reducing food waste important?

Reducing food waste is crucial for environmental sustainability, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, conserving resources, and enhancing global food security. It addresses the paradox of widespread hunger amidst food surplus.

Who contributes most to food waste?

The report finds that the majority (60%) of food waste comes from households, with food service (restaurants) contributing about 28%, and retailers about 12%.

What impact does food waste have on the environment?

Food waste generates 8 to 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions, making it a significant contributor to climate change.

Is food waste a problem only in wealthy countries?

No, food waste is a global issue affecting countries at all income levels. The differences in per capita household food waste between high-income and lower-income countries are surprisingly small.

What can be done to reduce food waste?

Efforts to reduce food waste include improving supply chain efficiencies, changing consumer behaviors, enhancing food redistribution networks, and leveraging technology for better food management. Collaboration among governments, businesses, and communities is vital.

How does the UNEP Food Waste Index Report help in tackling food waste?

The report provides essential data and insights for understanding the scale and sources of food waste, guiding policies and actions to reduce waste, and tracking progress towards the 2030 goal.

By focusing on these aspects, the report serves as a vital resource for policymakers, businesses, and individuals aiming to contribute to a more sustainable and equitable global food system.



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