Food losses and waste in a food system context


Food losses and waste in a food system context

Problem: Estimated at 1/3rd of food produced, loss and waste are unaffordable, unacceptable and unsustainable because - (1) from an economic perspective, we simply cannot afford it as it entails costs for both producers and consumers; (2) from a food security perspective, it is morally unacceptable given that hunger amongst the poor and vulnerable is still prevalent; and (3) from a climate change/natural resource perspective, it is unsustainable as it embodies scarce water, land and entails unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions. Not capturing FLW adequately reduces the scientific and policy relevance of economic analyses.

Research Objective: Find the importance of reducing food waste and loss as adaptation option and its impact on macroeconmic (consumption, food prices, land-use) variables

Results: model documentation describing the approach and changes made to it in order to account for the food loss and waste phenomenon in MAGNET model. Published work using the model developed to evaluate the impact of alternative policies to reduce food waste and loss on incomes, prices, world food availability, impact on land use, and such.