Stopping food loss and waste. For the people. For the planet - Global event
For many people on the planet today, food is a given. But for the staggering estimated 811 million people who are hungry, and the additional 132 million people threatened by food and nutrition insecurity brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, sufficient food is not a guarantee.
Yet, approximately 14 percent of the world's food, valued at $ 400 billion, is lost each year between harvest and retail and an estimated 931 million tonnes of food, or 17 percent of total food available to consumers in 2019, went into the waste bins of households, retailers, restaurants and other food services.
On 29 September 2021, at 15:55 (CET) a global event organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will celebrate International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste.
FAO Director-General QU Dongyu and UNEP Executive Director Inger Andersen will deliver the opening remarks.
Video messages from several ministers and other high-level representatives such as Massimo Bottura, UNEP Goodwill Ambassador will be shown along with a video presentation on the Food is Never Waste Coalition.