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Food Losses and Food Waste in China: A First Estimate

Gang Liu
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Gang Liu: Norwegian University of Science and Technology

No 66, OECD Food, Agriculture and Fisheries Papers from OECD Publishing

Abstract: Reducing food losses and food waste is attracting growing public attention at the international, regional, and national levels, and is widely acknowledged to contribute to abating interlinked sustainability challenges such as food security, climate change, and water shortage. However, the pattern and scale of food waste throughout the supply chain remains poorly understood for developing countries such as China, despite growing media coverage and public concerns in recent years. The data in the literature are either out of date or fragmented. This report presents estimates of food losses and food waste in China, based on literature data, informed estimates, and other publicly available information.

Keywords: agricultural losses; China; data; food loss; food value chain; food waste; food waste reduction; grain storage; municipal solid waste; policy information (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q18 Q53 Q58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-agr, nep-ger and nep-tra
Date: 2014-04-03
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