Commitments to action

Food is Never Waste Coalition

WRI, US, Brazil, Indonesia, Italy, Ecaudor, FAO, UNEP, the World Bank, WRI, WRAP, WWF, Global Foodbanking Network, Wageningen University, CGIAR, Rabobank, Champions 12.3

• To halve food waste by 2030 and to reduce food losses by at least 25%.
• To create more sustainable and resilient food systems that seek to ensure food loss and waste are minimized.
• To build and strengthen collaboration throughout food systems, between member states and organisations to ensure learning and sharing of best practice.
• To promote investment in food loss and waste reduction.

• Around 1/3 of food produced is never consumed because it is either lost or wasted. There is evidence (UNEP FW Index report 2021) that household food waste is a global problem and not just a problem in developed countries. There is also increasing evidence that food loss is also a global problem and not just a problem in developing countries (WWF Farm Loss Report, 2021).
• This level of food loss and waste accounts for around 8-10% of global GHG emissions, consumes ¼ of the world’s freshwater use by agriculture and requires farmland greater than the size of China. At the same time 1 in 10 people go to bed hungry every day and undernourishment is on the increase globally.
• FLW reduction is consistently mentioned amongst the most effective interventions for food systems transformation and improvement on multiple SDGs.
• There is a huge body of scientific evidence on the subject of food loss and waste and on the effectiveness of interventions. Some specific examples are below.


Member state(s), Civil society, Private sector, Academic

Action Area(s)

Nourish All People



Key contact

Liz Goodwin, WRI
[email protected]


Food loss and waste, Sustainability, resilience


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