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Does reducing food losses and wastes in sub-Saharan Africa make economic sense?
Waste Manag Res. 2018 Jun; 36(6):483-494.WM

Abstract

Reducing food losses and waste (FLW) is one of the sustainable ways of closing the food requirement gap in developing countries. However, there is not yet adequate knowledge on the extent of FLW by commodity type and stage of the food supply chain (FSC). Focusing on ten agrarian countries in Africa and building mainly on the Food and Agriculture Organization's Food Balance Sheets (FBSs), this study generates some new insights on the level of FLW by country, FSC and food type. Across the FSC, we find that these countries lose a cumulative amount equivalent to 28% (641 kilocalories per capita per day - kcal/cap/day) of the current calorie intake. Within the FSC, the production and post-harvest handling stages contribute the greater shares of the total losses with 38% or 244 kcal/cap/day and 34% or 218 kcal/cap/day, respectively. Our results also show that farm incomes would increase by 20% if the avoidable losses and waste were recovered. These results are troublesome given the level of poverty and food insecurity in these countries and suggest inefficient and unsustainable use of natural resources (water and cropland) associated with the FSC losses.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Food and Agriculture Organization, Italy.Food and Agriculture Organization, Italy.Food and Agriculture Organization, Italy.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

29762079

Citation

Aragie, Emerta, et al. "Does Reducing Food Losses and Wastes in sub-Saharan Africa Make Economic Sense?" Waste Management & Research : the Journal of the International Solid Wastes and Public Cleansing Association, ISWA, vol. 36, no. 6, 2018, pp. 483-494.
Aragie E, Balié J, MoralesOpazo C. Does reducing food losses and wastes in sub-Saharan Africa make economic sense? Waste Manag Res. 2018;36(6):483-494.
Aragie, E., Balié, J., & MoralesOpazo, C. (2018). Does reducing food losses and wastes in sub-Saharan Africa make economic sense? Waste Management & Research : the Journal of the International Solid Wastes and Public Cleansing Association, ISWA, 36(6), 483-494. https://doi.org/10.1177/0734242X18770247
Aragie E, Balié J, MoralesOpazo C. Does Reducing Food Losses and Wastes in sub-Saharan Africa Make Economic Sense. Waste Manag Res. 2018;36(6):483-494. PubMed PMID: 29762079.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Does reducing food losses and wastes in sub-Saharan Africa make economic sense? AU - Aragie,Emerta, AU - Balié,Jean, AU - MoralesOpazo,Cristian, Y1 - 2018/05/15/ PY - 2018/5/16/pubmed PY - 2018/8/14/medline PY - 2018/5/16/entrez KW - Africa KW - calorie intake KW - food losses and waste KW - food security KW - food supply chain SP - 483 EP - 494 JF - Waste management & research : the journal of the International Solid Wastes and Public Cleansing Association, ISWA JO - Waste Manag Res VL - 36 IS - 6 N2 - Reducing food losses and waste (FLW) is one of the sustainable ways of closing the food requirement gap in developing countries. However, there is not yet adequate knowledge on the extent of FLW by commodity type and stage of the food supply chain (FSC). Focusing on ten agrarian countries in Africa and building mainly on the Food and Agriculture Organization's Food Balance Sheets (FBSs), this study generates some new insights on the level of FLW by country, FSC and food type. Across the FSC, we find that these countries lose a cumulative amount equivalent to 28% (641 kilocalories per capita per day - kcal/cap/day) of the current calorie intake. Within the FSC, the production and post-harvest handling stages contribute the greater shares of the total losses with 38% or 244 kcal/cap/day and 34% or 218 kcal/cap/day, respectively. Our results also show that farm incomes would increase by 20% if the avoidable losses and waste were recovered. These results are troublesome given the level of poverty and food insecurity in these countries and suggest inefficient and unsustainable use of natural resources (water and cropland) associated with the FSC losses. SN - 1096-3669 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/29762079/Does_reducing_food_losses_and_wastes_in_sub_Saharan_Africa_make_economic_sense L2 - http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0734242X18770247?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub=pubmed DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -