The UN General Assembly, on 19 December 2019, designated 29 September as the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste (A/RES/74/209).
In the resolution, the UNGA recognized that the observance of the International Day would contribute significantly to raising awareness of the importance of the problem and its possible solutions at all levels, and to promote global efforts and collective action towards meeting SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production).
The Food and Nutrition Organization of the UN (FAO) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) will collaborate in facilitating the observance of the Day.
Around 14 percent of the world’s food is lost when it is harvested and before it reaches the shops, while a further 17 percent of our food ends up being wasted by retailers and consumers. Yet there an estimated 3.1 billion people worldwide who do not have access to a healthy diet and some 828 million people continue to go hungry.
Food loss and waste also account for 8 -10 percent of total global GHGs – contributing to an unstable climate and extreme weather events such as droughts and flooding. These changes negatively impact crop yields, reduce the nutritional quality of crops, cause supply chain disruptions and threaten food security and nutrition.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls for halving per-capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reducing food losses along production and supply chains.