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Fixing the food chain

major organizations launch projects to eliminate food waste around the world



One-third of the world's food goes to waste. So a major U.S. foundation is sponsoring a project to demonstrate how humanity can cut food waste in half by 2030.

In January, The Rockefeller Foundation launched YieldWise, a sevenyear, US$130 million project to reduce post-harvest loss—the spoiling of food that could have been eaten—in sub-Saharan Africa. The effort will also look at ways to prevent food waste in the West.

“Food loss and waste happens all along the global pathway to the plate,” Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin told GreenBiz. “To succeed in cutting food waste in half, we must take a systemic approach.”

The initiative will first focus on mango crops in Kenya, maize in Tanzania, and cassava and tomato crops in Nigeria. In these countries, 40 percent of crops never reach the market. To reduce this, the project plans to create a more efficient supply chain by finding new ways to store, process, and transport produce to new and expanding markets.

Champions 12.3, a related global project sponsored by a coalition of 30 business, agency and government leaders, complements the YieldWise initiative. Also announced in January, it aims to halve per-capita global food waste at the retail and consumer level by 2030. —Abbie Kraus

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