This report analyses fourteen projects in low and middle income countries working on reducing food loss and waste in food systems. Findings suggest that reducing loss and waste can improve livelihoods for smallholders, nutrition security and resource use, and authors have identified six drivers for change:
- Everyone in the food chain has an incentive to act.
- Governments create enabling environments.
- Private sector is fully engaged.
- Champions activate pressure.
- Local context is understood and accounted for.
- Technology is developed and accessible.
The learnings in this report are intended to help guide government, business, civil society and donors in future action and investment. Importantly the report reminds us that there is no one size fits all solution for this challenge, but rather systemic change requires context specific solutions, building trust among partners and sustained commitment.