The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) reports that roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted.

These startling figures are a potent counterweight to the second SD goal of ending hunger. Wasteful countries are listening creating programmes to tackle is phenomenon.


By 2030, halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses.

The issue of food waste is being taken seriously in Europe with the EU various in-country initiatives tackling the problem. In Europe it’s estimated that around 88 million tonnes of food are wasted annually.

REFRESH is an EU research project, and is taking action against food waste. Twenty six partners from 12 European countries and China are involved. The programme is backed by research to better understand the drivers of food waste, and the project supports better decision-making by industry and individual consumers. REFRESH believes that ‘the food resources being lost and wasted in Europe would be enough to feed all the hungry people in the world two times over. Together with moving to healthier diets, reducing food waste both in and out of the home is the most significant demand-side measure for reducing the carbon impact of the food system.’

In the UK the Courtauld Commitment 2025 is focussing on waste throughout the food supply chain and aims to cut the resources needed to provide food and drink by 20% in a decade.