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What the figures mean

  Malnourishment mayhem: In

countries and regions suffering from the grave issues of undernutrition and malnourishment (think Africa and South East Asia), the food waste
figures translate to a loss of 400 to 500 calories per person per day.

  As per the report, cereals
represent more than half of the food wasted at 53 percent by calorie
. But by weight, fruits and vegetables represent the largest share of global food loss at
44 percent.

 The waste lifecycle: Most of the wastage takes place at the
consumption stage (35 per cent),
followed by production, handling and  storage (both 24 per cent).

Developed and developing: The differences 

  Fifty six per cent of food loss takes place in the developed world and only 44 percent in developing

  In North America, close to 61 percent of food losses are in the consumption stage. Yes, food that rots in the
refrigerators. An
average family of four in the US or UK wastes between US $1,600-$1,100 a year on food they buy and not eat.

Wondering what the situation is like in

sub-Saharan Africa? They lose just five
percent of food at the consumption stage.

“The amount of food wasted and lost globally is shameful. Millions of people around the world go to bed hungry every night, and yet millions of tons of food end up in trash cans or spoiled on the way to the market. We have to tackle this problem in every country in order to improve food security and end poverty.”Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group

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