FILE - In this Monday, May 13, 2013 file photo, Rida Ibrahim, a 62-year-old Egyptian farmer, harvests wheat on his farm, in Qalubiyah, north Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)
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Few issues have generated as much public interest in recent years as food loss and waste, widely agreed to be a moral and technical failure in a world where hunger and malnutrition have yet to be eradicated.FAO has been working hard since to tailor pilot programs in the field and to improve practical understanding of how to make it possible to reduce food loss and waste as pledged in Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 .We have developed the Food Loss Index, which will allow countries to measure the amount of food lost after harvest and through storage, transportation and processing but not including the retail level -- where loss formally becomes waste, which is under the remit of U.N. Environment. This year's State of Food and Agriculture Report is devoted to mapping concrete and viable ways that we can actually cut food loss and waste rather than just decry them. That's the updated estimate for global food losses.That said, there is no magic formula that relates food loss and waste to hunger.
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