COVID-19 has sparked a food loss crisis. Here are three ways to tackle it

Liz Goodwin and Esben Lunde Larsen
World Resources Institute (WRI)

Three changes to the way the food business works can significantly reduce food waste and the burgeoning food insecurity:

  • Government facilitation and redistribution: National governments have the ability to connect actors across the food chain. In some countries, like France, retailers are required to donate unsold food to charities.
  • Technologies that connect farmers with in-need groups: Apps and mobile technologies can connect farmers to vendors, and alert local charities to surplus food. Connecting Farmers to markets and retailers to consumers will dramatically reduce food loss.
  • Increased risk sharing: Stabilisation of food supply chains is essential for everyone, especially smallholders. A movement for retailers to commit to purchasing food from farmers even if there is an issue with distribution or harvest is proving to work. Governments have a responsibility to ensure that worker’s wages are secure when farmers and producers are facing uncertainty.
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