Food waste is one of the main global paradoxes. It helps to maintain the non- sustainability of the current food system and to aggravate the problem of food insecurity even in the Mediterranean countries, especially in the southern and eastern countries.
The FAO’s 2011 analysis of the world situation estimates food waste and losses at 1.3 billion tons per year. This is about a third of total food production. Other studies indicate that less than half of the caloric equivalent of the products grown for food is actually consumed directly by human beings.
The distribution of food waste and losses along the food chain varies from to region to region. In general, the losses in the first part of the food chain, due to inadequate harvesting techniques, inefficient transport, inappropriate storage and bad weather, are higher in developing countries, where 40% of food losses occur in the post-harvest and processing phases. In industrialised countries, over 40% of losses occur during retail and final consumption, meaning that food is wasted. Food waste and losses also vary according to the products involved. FAO data shows that most food waste involves fresh products like fruit and vegetables.
We are delighted to invite you to take part of our open consultation on Mediterranean Food Waste. A research study of the CIHEAM-Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari (MAIB), carried out by a team of researchers/experts from Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Department. To learn more online LINK (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MeditFoodWaste2013)