Category: News
Date published: September 29, 2023

Combating food loss and waste: Taking action to transform food systems

Food loss and waste represent pressing challenges within the global food system, perpetuating humanitarian crises, economic strains, and environmental degradation. Shockingly, between 691 and 783 million individuals experienced hunger in 2022 (FAO, 2023).

While food is lost or wasted within every part of the chain, a significant contributor to this crisis is the harm inflicted by pests and diseases upon crops. The FAO estimates that up to 40 percent of global crop production is annually lost to pests, with plant diseases costing the global economy over $220 billion and invasive insects incurring losses exceeding $70 billion.

At Koppert we are aware of these losses and are increasingly playing a pivotal role in promoting sustainable cultivation practices, reducing harmful substances entering agro-ecosystems, supporting farmers increasing their yields, quality of their produce.

Biological crop protection: We champion the use of biological crop protection products and beneficial microorganisms to naturally control pests. This approach minimizes the need for chemical pesticides, effectively reducing crop losses, and guaranteeing the quality of harvested produce.

Strengthening crop health: Our plant health products fortify the natural defences of crops, rendering them more resilient against diseases and environmental stressors. This proactive approach empowers farmers to prevent crop losses stemming from various factors, including adverse weather conditions and soil-borne pathogens.

Addressing food loss and waste assumes a pivotal role in transforming agrifood systems by enhancing food availability, bolstering food security, and fostering healthy diets while building resilience.

On this special occasion of Food Loss and Waste Awareness Day, we remain committed to supporting farmers worldwide and pioneering sustainable solutions to combat these critical issues. Every day, we take action to transform food systems, contributing to a more resilient and prosperous future for all.