One out of every four food calories intended for people is not ultimately consumed. The Protocol seeks to address the challenges of measuring food loss and waste.
The Food Loss & Waste Protocol (FLW Protocol) is a multi-stakeholder effort to develop the global standard for measuring loss and waste of food, as well as associated inedible parts. It will enable countries, companies and other organizations to estimate in a credible, practical and consistent manner how much food is lost and wasted and identify where the loss and waste occur. With this information, users will be better equipped to address food loss and waste.
Contribution to the Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction
As a partner in the Save Food Initiative, the FLW Protocol will contribute to the work of the food waste campaign “Think Eat Save: Reduce Your Food Print” led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP;, the work on food losses by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP); and other partners. In addition, it will build upon regional measurement approaches being developed by the EU FUSIONS initiative and others.
The vision of the FLW Protocol is that wide use of the measurement standards will empower the world to minimize food loss and waste, thereby enhancing food security, economic growth, and environmental health. Development of the FLW Protocol is being coordinated by the World Resources Institute (WRI) in conjunction with the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), FAO, FUSIONS, UNEP, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), and WRAP.