Assessing trade-offs of interventions aiming at reducing food loss : applying a food system perspective for better policy decisions

Berkum, Siemen van; Berkhout, Ezra


This report discusses impacts food loss reduction interventions may have, highlighting the potential trade-offs between food system objectives of improving food security and reducing environmental pressures. The report shows that food loss reduction can be an effective strategy that contributes to better food system
outcomes, but not by default: detailed inquiry is needed to determine which measure to use where in the supply chain for the most effective leverage. The report concludes by presenting a decision-making scheme that may act as a guideline for an ex-ante evaluation of an intended food loss reduction intervention, and may help policy makers develop a national food loss reduction plan.