More than 1 billion people (one-sixth of the world's population) suffer from chronic hunger. It is not a problem of supply, since the food system continues to provide enough food to feed the world. One of the reasons for this disconnect is simply waste. By many estimates, one in three food calories is currently wasted.

Given the scale of the problem, there are significant opportunities for solutions to be considered by companies, by policy makers, by farmers, and by consumers. This brief provides a high-level view into:

  • Where food waste occurs
  • The effects of food waste
  • Actions businesses are taking to combat food waste

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