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Food Loss and Waste, a global responsibility?!

Nino Adamashvili, Filomena Chiara and Mariantonietta Fiore

ECONOMIA AGRO-ALIMENTARE, 2019, vol. 21, issue 3, 825-846

Abstract: Food loss and waste remains a big academic and policy concern all over the world. Reduction of flw is one of the ways to enhance the food quality and security as well as environmental sustainability and economic wellbeing. The aim of the article is to tackle the issue of the flw and investigate the results that derive from worldwide implemented projects and strategies. To do so, the paper brings together the findings of the main fieldworks related to the flw issue categorizing them along the several phases of the food supply chain: harvesting, processing, storage, transportation and consumption. Besides the analysis of academic literature on the topic, we have collected and described several good practical cases and initiatives related to flw problem carried out similarly to the results of the authors cited in the theoretical part of the paper. Findings show our point of view on the importance of optimal and sustainable use of resources, as well as the ways through which food related expenditures can be reduced. An aware, bottom-up and crosssectional approach appears to be crucial for facing this global issue and for making it more manageable over time.

JEL-codes: O14 O32 Q18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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