18.8 million tons of food goes to waste every year...

As is the case internationally, food waste is becoming a global problem in Turkey and continues to increase its impact day by day. Studies reveal that 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted every year around the world, and again other studies show that nearly 25,000 people die every day due to hunger-related causes.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), nearly one third of all food produced annually is wasted. While of the 4 billion tonnes of food produced annually, only 2.7 billion tonnes are consumed, a $1 trillion price was determined for the wasted food, which weighs 1.3 billion tons. It has been recorded that 840 million hungry people in the world can be fed, even by saving just a quarter of the food wasted globally.


Studies show that Turkey continues to be among the countries with the highest level of food waste. According to the latest report from the Turkish Foundation for Waste Prevention, 18.8 million tonnes of food is wasted annually throughout the country. Food waste causes a food loss worth 214 billion Turkish lira.

Research shows that 42 per cent of food waste occurs in homes. The most commonly wasted foods are bread and bakery products, vegetables, and fruits. At least 30 percent of the fruit goes to waste before it reaches the table. Additionally, 4.9 million bread is wasted daily and 1.7 billion annually. Food consumption is expected to increase by at least 1.6 billion tonnes by 2050, and additional foods to be produced if waste is not prevented are expected to reach 2.4 billion tonnes.