Food Loss and Waste in India: The Knowns and The Unknowns
The estimated economic value of post-harvest losses in India was INR 926.51 billion (USD 15.19 billion) in 2014. While this is an underestimation of overall food loss and waste in India, India ranks only 94th out of 107 countries on the 2020 Global Hunger Index. Any amount of food loss and waste is a wasted opportunity to increase food availability, improve income, easing pressure on land and water resources, and reducing GHGs. This paper summarizes the existing evidence on food loss and waste; highlights key gaps in research on social, economic, and ecological impact; and recommends a concerted multi-stakeholder action for reducing food loss and waste in India.

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