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Global food loss index

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This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name Global food loss index
Target name By 2030, halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses.
Global indicator description The indicator measures the totality of losses occurring from the time at which production of an agricultural product is recorded until it reaches the final consumer as food. While calculated on a quantity basis, it is subsequently transformed to dietary energy supplies (in kcal) per capita allowing consistent aggregation and then indexed. The indicator will be calculated on an annual frequency broken down by country and commodity.
UN designated tier 3
UN custodial agency FAO, UNEP
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