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Selection of harvest losses
By 2050, the Earth's population is projected to reach 10 billion. This will require a 56% increase in food production from 2010 levels. Research warns that agricultural production around the world will struggle to meet this additional food demand. Challenges include yield constraints due to declining marginal productivity gains, soil degradation, extreme weather events, soil nutrient deficiencies and increased crop infestations. Despite increasing pressure on the food supply, about 1/3 of all food produced for human consumption is wasted. More than 40% of these losses occur in the supply chains of goods at the post-harvest level (between harvest and the consumer) in many emerging economies. This includes Africa, Asia and Latin America.
In response to these losses, some regions have set themselves ambitious targets to reduce this waste. African Union member states, for example, have pledged to halve post-harvest food losses by 2025.
Reducing post-harvest grain losses can lead to a virtual increase in land equivalent to three times the area under cultivation in France. This article covers the extent of post-harvest losses worldwide and suggests steps stakeholders can take to reduce waste
Such actions can lead to cost savings for grain traders as well as potential land gains for countries at high risk of grain loss.
Reducing crop residues can translate into cost savings for grain traders, as well as potential land gains for countries at high risk of grain loss.
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