Image depicting Fight Food Loss. Feed Families.
Photo: WFP/Badre Bhaji

Fight Food Loss. Feed Families.

There's enough food to feed all of us. The problem is nearly 30% of it is lost or wasted.

The Flipside of Food Waste

In high-income countries, most food is wasted after it’s purchased, in restaurants, homes and hotels. But in low-income countries, where the vast majority of the world’s hungriest people live, most food loss occurs during growth, harvest and storage. That’s where the UN World Food Programme (WFP) comes in.

We have the solutions, but we need your help to bring them to scale.


worth of edible food is lost or wasted every year

20 lbs

is the average amount of food Americans waste each month


of all the food African farmers grow is lost to pests and mold

6 Food Waste facts

Fact One

One-third of the world’s food is lost or wasted each year. Reversing this trend would preserve enough food to feed 2 billion people . That’s more than twice the number of undernourished people across the globe.

Source: 8 Facts to Know About Food Waste and Hunger Photo: Unsplash/Elevate

Fact Two

Consumers in rich countries waste almost as much food as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa each year. At the same time, the value of post-harvest food loss in Sub-Saharan Africa is more than what the region receives in food assistance.

Source: 8 Facts to Know About Food Waste and Hunger Photo: Unsplash/Scott Warman

Fact Three

If wasted food were a country, it would be the third largest producer of carbon dioxide in the world, after the U.S. and China.

Source: 8 Facts to Know About Food Waste and Hunger Photo: Unsplash/Veeterzy

Fact Four

Cutting global food waste in half by 2030 is one of the U.N.’s top priorities. In fact, it’s one of the organization’s 17 sustainable development goals.

Source: 8 Facts to Know About Food Waste and Hunger Photo: WFP/Jonathan Eng

Fact Five

WFP provides family farmers with air-tight storage containers that cut their food loss from 40% to 2%.

Source: 8 Facts to Know About Food Waste and Hunger Photo: WFP/Davinah Nabirye

Fact Six

WFP tackles food waste by boosting farmers' access to local markets. By sourcing food locally, we provide a market for farmers' surplus produce so it's not left to rot.

Source: 8 Facts to Know About Food Waste and Hunger Photo: WFP/Will Baxter

Help Us Fight Food Loss

Photo: WFP
Food Storage

Around the world, subsistence farmers can lose nearly half of their harvest simply because they don’t have access to modern storage equipment. WFP is changing that with silos and air-tight bags.

Photo: WFP/Fares Khoailed

The typical WFP food ration includes long-lasting staples like flour, dried beans, salt and cooking oil – all packaged in sturdy containers. This ensures the items won’t spoil for weeks or months, so nothing gets thrown away.

Photo: WFP/Mustapha Bribi

Hydroponics, hermetic containers, recovery supply chains and virtual farmers markets. These are just a few of the innovations that allow communities to grow, sell and store food in impossible places.


The U.S. Farm Bill authorizes several critical programs that take American-grown crops like rice, corn, wheat and soy beans and distribute them to vulnerable people in need. It’s just one of the many policies we work on to end hunger.

Saved Food Feeds Families
Photo: WFP/Emily Fredenberg Everything You Need to Know About Food Systems: How They Can Avert Famine and Help End Hunger

What are food systems and how do they relate to WFP's work? As the UN Food Systems pre-summit begins in Rome, we're taking a look at the basics of our food systems.

Read more +
Photo: WFP/Sophie Smeulders Fighting Childhood Hunger One Pea at a Time

“I’ve not only seen the health of my children improve, but the health of my community. Our children are strong now," says Emeldah.

Read more +
Photo: WFP/Fares Khoailed 8 Facts to Know About Food Waste and Hunger

Global hunger isn’t about a lack of food. Right now, the world produces enough food to nourish every man, woman and child on the planet.

Read more +

Hacking Hunger – Episode 20: The Forgotten Food Waste Crisis

WFP’s resident food waste expert shares how “tupperware for crops” could change the way the world’s small-scale farmers do business.

View all podcasts

do you value food?
help us fight hunger

Take Action

Get Updates From the Front Lines

Join our mailing list for insider updates about breaking emergencies and what you can do to help.

Get Updates
Take the Global Hunger Quiz

How much do you know about the causes of global hunger? Let’s find out! The answers may surprise you.

Take Quiz
Be a Social Media Advocate

Join a group of dedicated social media champions to help provide lifesaving food to families.

Sign Up
Play the Freerice Game

You pick the topic, and for every correct answer 10 grains of rice are donated to change lives around the world!

Learn More