External Event
Virtual seminar

Food Loss and Waste in Fruit and Vegetable Supply Chains

Online seminar
IFPRI, Embassy of Denmark, and World Resource Institute

According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), about one-third of all food produced around the globe is lost or wasted. This is particularly egregious in a world where one in nine persons is food insecure, and widespread food affordability concerns in low- and middle-income countries have resulted from COVID-related value chain disruptions and the global impact of the war in Ukraine. 

This annual event will take stock of efforts around the world to tackle food loss and waste through initiatives like Champions 12.3, a coalition of leaders from governments, businesses, international organizations, research institutions, farmer groups, and civil society dedicated to inspiring ambition, mobilizing action, and accelerating progress toward achieving Sustainable Development Goal Target 12.3 by 2030.

The seminar will also take a closer look at fruits and vegetables, which are among the healthiest but most wasted foods. Given their perishable nature, great care, attention, and cooperation along all parts of fruit and vegetable value chains are required to reduce food loss and waste.


  • Rob Vos, Director, Markets, Trade and Institutions Division, IFPRI
  • Jacob Jensen, Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries of Denmark

Keynote Address

  • Maximo Torero, Chief Economist, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Panel Discussion

Closing Remarks

  • Liz Goodwin, Senior Fellow and Director Food Loss and Waste, World Resources Institute (WRI)