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An International Day to raise awareness about Food Loss and Waste


The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has designated 29 September as the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste. This day will be the occasion to raise awareness about food loss and waste and to promote global efforts that help resolving this important issue.

Addressing food loss and waste is essential in a world where tons of food are thrown away while more than 820 million people continue to go hungry every day. Food loss and waste also has an impact on climate change, agriculture sustainability, human livehoods and food supplies.

The SDG 12.3 already calls on halving the per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels, as well as reducing food losses along production and supply chains by 2030.

By adopting an International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste, the UN referenced The State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) 2019, a publication that provides guidance for policy interventions.

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