Technical support to the UNEP cross-team project "Build Back Better: Using Green and Digital Technologies to Reduce Food Waste at Consumer Level"

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Description

What does the project aim to do?
Support countries in harnessing green and digital technologies to reduce food waste at consumer level; contribute to the attainment of the SDGs and climate goals; support countries in Building Back Better from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The project aims to contribute to the following SDGs: SDG target 12.3 (halving food waste), SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), SDG 12 (Sustainable Consumption and Production), SDG 13 (Climate Action) and SDG 17 (Partnerships).

Why?
Food waste exacerbates our triple planetary crises of climate, nature and pollution. One-third of the food produced for human consumption gets lost or wasted, costing 2.6 trillion USD annually.

Green and digital technologies are increasingly being used to reduce food waste at consumer level, including in storage, packaging, pre-treatment, portion control, compost, traceability, and supply-demand matching. This offers huge business opportunities and could accelerate the transition towards an Inclusive Green Economy and Sustainable Consumption and Production, in the course of Building Back Better.

How:
This project brings together different knowledge groups of UNEP for an integrated approach cutting across Economic and Trade Policy, Food and Food Waste, Consumer Information, Sustainable Lifestyles, and the International Resource Panel (IRP). This is combined with case studies of 5 cities in 5 regions, including: Bangkok (Thailand), Kampala (Uganda), Belgrade (Serbia), Bogotá (Colombia), Doha (Qatar).

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Layman's description

What does the project aim to do?
Support countries in harnessing green and digital technologies to reduce food waste at consumer level; contribute to the attainment of the SDGs and climate goals; support countries in Building Back Better from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The project aims to contribute to the following SDGs: SDG target 12.3 (halving food waste), SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), SDG 12 (Sustainable Consumption and Production), SDG 13 (Climate Action) and SDG 17 (Partnerships).

Why?
Food waste exacerbates our triple planetary crises of climate, nature and pollution. One-third of the food produced for human consumption gets lost or wasted, costing 2.6 trillion USD annually.

Green and digital technologies are increasingly being used to reduce food waste at consumer level, including in storage, packaging, pre-treatment, portion control, compost, traceability, and supply-demand matching. This offers huge business opportunities and could accelerate the transition towards an Inclusive Green Economy and Sustainable Consumption and Production, in the course of Building Back Better.

How:
This project brings together different knowledge groups of UNEP for an integrated approach cutting across Economic and Trade Policy, Food and Food Waste, Consumer Information, Sustainable Lifestyles, and the International Resource Panel (IRP). This is combined with case studies of 5 cities in 5 regions, including: Bangkok (Thailand), Kampala (Uganda), Belgrade (Serbia), Bogotá (Colombia), Doha (Qatar).
Short titleReducing Food Loss and Food Waste
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date01/03/202130/09/2021

Keywords

  • Bioeconomy
  • Food waste
  • Food loss
  • Digital technologies
  • consumer behaviour
  • Food systems

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