Much Food Is Lost or Wasted, World Bank Report Says

Published on 28 February 2014

The world loses or wastes 25 to 33 percent of the food it produces for consumption, losses that can mean the difference between an adequate diet and malnutrition in many countries, the World Bank said in a report released Thursday. In regions where undernourishment is common, like Africa and South Asia, the food losses translate to 400 to 500 calories per person, per day. Most losses take place at the consumption, production, and handling and storage stages of the food chain, but regional breakdowns show noted differences.

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