Food Waste Action Week 2021

New UNEP report developed in collaboration with WRAP reveals true scale of global food waste - and it's not just a developed world problem

UNEP Food Waste Index Report 2021

The UNEP Food Waste Index Report 2021, developed in collaboration with WRAP, is the world’s most comprehensive report into global food waste in homes, the food service sector and retail, using data from 54 countries.

The report shows that 931 million tonnes of food ended up in the bin in 2019 – the equivalent of 23 million fully loaded 40-tonne trucks, which if laid bumper-to-bumper would circle the earth 7 times. That’s 17% of all the food that’s available to consumers that didn’t make it to a mouth.

Contrary to assumptions, household food waste isn’t just a developed world problem. Household per capita food waste generation is similar across country income groups. But while identifying the size of the problem is a positive first step, it’s not enough – governments must take action on food waste, and fast.

The number of people affected hunger – already 690 million – in 2019 is due to rise sharply with Covid-19, while three billion people in the world can’t afford a healthy diet. In addition, as WRAP CEO Marcus Gover says:

“With only 9 years to go, we will not achieve SDG 12 Target 3 if we do not significantly increase investment in tackling food waste in the home globally. This must be a priority for governments, international organisations, businesses and philanthropic foundations.”

Now is the time to tackle food waste. Before it’s too late. Learn more about how WRAP’s tackling food waste globally and in the UK.

Read the UNEP Food Waste Index Report 2021 here.