In recent years, food loss and waste (FLW) has become a global problem, drawing increasing public, academic, and political attention. The reduction of FLW by 50% until 2030 became one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in 2015. In China, FLW annually accounts for 27% of food which is produced for human consumption.
This policy brief reviews the status quo of China’s FLW. It finds that the largest amount of FLW occurs at the postharvest handling and storage stage, with fruits and vegetables taking up the highest share of total FLW.
Author: Jiaqi Huang (China Academy of Agricultural Sciences)