Reducing Food Loss and Waste: Dual Impact Actions to Address Climate Change and Improve Nutrition

Jun 2nd, 2024 - Jun 7th, 2024

Globally, 30-40% of food produced is either lost or wasted, thereby contributing nothing to meet the nutrient needs of the world’s most nutritionally vulnerable people, and also exacerbating climate change. This workshop will focus on identifying and discussing post-harvest loss mitigation, innovations (technologies, processes, policies), methods and food waste reduction approaches that are actionable and easy to adapt/implement in low resource environments and how to recruit financing for these options. Additionally, this workshop will provide actionable policy and programming recommendations for policy makers and donor organizations to support reducing food loss and waste globally.

Specific workshop objectives include:

  • Development of policy and programmatic recommendations (including possible financing options) to support sustainable food systems transformation with an emphasis on nutrient-dense foods in low and middle income countries (LMIC).
  • Development of policy recommendations towards reducing FLW in the US (including after foods have been delivered to consumers such as identifying behavioral strategies to drive consumers behavior change)
  • Identification of innovations (technologies, novel foods, behaviors, preferences, policies, and processes), with potential for scaling to support reduction of FLW
  • Generation of awareness of the negative effects of loss and waste of nutrient-dense foods on both economic development and nutritional status, and the flaws in our current supply chain
  • Donor organizations, governments and the private sector to allocate funding and resources for research projects and development programs to reduce FLW of nutrient-dense foods
  • Elevate the need to address FLW to address multiple global issues (i.e., climate change, malnutrition, economic development).
  • Framework for better quantifying FLW (aggregate and disaggregate), and recommendations for how to address key data collection gaps, including food losses (pre-harvest and post-harvest) in low vs. middle vs. high income country contexts


Jean Buzby

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Food Loss and Waste Liaison
starEvent Co-Chair

Shibani Ghosh

Feed the Future Food Systems for Nutrition Innovation Lab
Associate Director
starEvent Co-Chair

Ahmed Kablan

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Senior Science Advisor
starEvent Co-Chair

Nika Larian

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Food Loss and Waste Advisor
starEvent Co-Chair

Ann Vaughn

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Senior Advisor for Climate Change
starEvent Co-Chair