Driving down one of the largest sources of food loss
Both retailers and food manufacturers can accelerate adoption in the industry by encouraging their own supply base to commit to aligned food waste reduction programmes. Knowing that roughly 30 percent of food loss occurs at the post-harvest level, members are committed to stopping this type of food waste at the source. Using data from WRI and others, the Coalition will be able to identify the most valuable opportunities members can take to engage with their suppliers and drive positive change.
Better insight is needed into what’s left in the field and discarded at other points in a farms operation. Our Coalition has launched a project with several of its members to engage their suppliers on the important issue of farm-stage food loss. This project includes using the beta version of a Global Farm Loss Tool to measure and collect data on the amount of on-farm stage losses for fruits and vegetables.
The Global Farm Loss Tool provides a user-friendly way for growers to collect data using an in-field sampling methodology, and report information on the amount and reasons for farm-level loss. The Global Farm Loss Tool is being developed by a collaborative team of World Wildlife Fund, Kai Robertson, and Anthesis.
The intent is that collecting data through this project will inform conversations among buyers and suppliers about ways to increase the use of all of the nutritious produce. The Global Farm Loss Tool is due to be launched in Q1 2024.
Alongside this, and in the spirit of showcasing existing efforts to engage with suppliers and address food loss, several CGF members partnering in the 10x20x30 program are sharing through compelling case studies the value from engaging with suppliers and innovative, practical impacts on reducing food loss and waste.
Moira Borens and Sebastian Gatzer from McKinsey & Company talk about the project they have been working on with the Coalition to look at where food gets lost upstream between the farm and the retailer, focusing on tomatoes as a case study. They share the common drivers, actionable levers, as well as the role that manufacturers and retailers can play to be part of the solution.