Sustainable Development Goals

            Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

            A growing global population with deteriorating natural resources and increased urbanization means more people to feed with less water, farmland and rural labour. Satisfying expected increases in water, energy and food needs means shifting to more sustainable production and consumption approaches.

            Today, the world wastes or loses around a third of the food it produces while almost 690 million people go hungry. To feed the world sustainably, producers need to grow more food while reducing negative environmental impacts such as soil, water and nutrient loss, greenhouse gas emissions and degradation of ecosystems. Consumers must be encouraged to shift to nutritious and safe diets with a lower environmental footprint.

            FAO is a leading actor in coordinating global initiatives, activities and projects on food losses and waste reduction, partnering with UN agencies, other international organizations, the private sector and civil society.

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