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06 May 2024, 14:00 - 15:30 UTC +7 | By invitation only

Virtual Meeting, MS Teams, Bangkok, Thailand

Food loss is a multidimensional problem that has far reaching implications. Food loss contributes to hunger, food insecurity, inequality and causes direct economic losses. It has been suggested that if food loss were a country, it would be the third largest contributor to greenhouse emissions globally.[1] As such, Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 aims to halve food waste and reduce food loss by 2030.

The seminal 2011 FAO report estimated that that as much as a third of the world’s food is wasted every year.[2] More recent studies put the amount of food wasted at 931 tonnes, or 74kg per capita per year globally.1 The vast majority of this waste is estimated to occur at the household level, followed by food service and retail sectors. However, the scale of food loss in international trade is little understood. Indeed, FAO (2011) report suggested that the “impact of growing international trade on food losses still has to be better assessed.” However, it is understood to be an important contributor to food loss, and international trade cooperation or free trade agreements to reduce delays in moving perishable food products across borders are recommended.[3]

ESCAP has commissioned four country case studies on food loss in international trade, its causes and proposed solutions. The studies are aimed to contribute to understanding non only to countries’ and products specific circumstances, but lessons learnt can be applied more generally to other products (including providing estimates of the aggregate extend of food losses in international trade in the pilot countries) as well as other countries. This workshop aims to present the findings from the studies and disseminate the final report among the policymakers, academics and practitioners.


[1] UNEP (2021). Food Waste Index Report 2021. Available from

[2] FAO (2011). Global Food Losses and Food Waste: Extend, Causes and Prevention. Available from

[3] FAO (2019). The state of Food and Agriculture; Moving forward on food loss and waste reduction. Available from

06 May 2024
Opening remarks
  • Mr. Yann Duval, Chief, Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division (TIID), ESCAP
Demystifying the impact of food loss in international trade of food products: Building a narrative for developing countries from an Indian perspective

Speakers - country case studies

  • Mr. Ram SinghProfessor & Head (Trainings/MDPs), International Business, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT)
  • Mr. Surendar Singh, Associate Professor, (International Business Area), FORE School of Management, New Delhi
Food loss in international trade: A case study of Indonesian tuna exported to the European Union, the United States and Japan

Speakers - country case studies

  • Ms. Sahara Sahara, Head of Department of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Management, Bogor Agricultural University (IPB)
  • Ms. Syarifah Amaliah, Lecturer and Researcher, Department of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Management (FEM), IPB University
  • Ms. Dian Verawat Panjaitan, Lecturer and Researcher, Department of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Management (FEM), IPB University
Import and export procedures and trade patterns of food commodities of Sri Lanka

Speakers - country case studies

  • Ms. Jeevika Weerahewa, Professor of Agricultural Economics, Department of Agricultural Economics and Business Management, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya
  • Mr. Thushara Wickramaarachchi, Additional Director (Plant Quarantine) & Senior Scientist (Plant Pathology), National Plant Quarantine Service, SAARC Agriculture Centre (SAC)
Food losses in international trade in Bangladesh

Speaker - country case studies

  • Mr. Sheikh Morshed JahanProfessor, IBA, University of Dhaka
Discussion on general principles and conclusion

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