Causes of Food Waste

  • Mohammad U. H. Joardder
  • Mahadi Hasan Masud


Developing countries encounter severe food shortage along with wastage of significant amount of food materials. Food is being wasted almost in every stage of food supply chain including harvesting, postharvesting, processing, and distribution, as well as in consumer level. Due to lack of facilities and availability of proper technology, a higher amount of foods are wasted in developing countries. Reduction of wastage can be possible upon facilitating different initiatives. The wastage of food causes not only scarcity of food but also adverse environmental and economic effects. Therefore, interventions for preventing food waste must be put forward to overcome the hunger problem in developing countries. An extensive discussion on food waste at different steps of the food chain has been presented in this chapter. An adverse effect of food waste has also been presented at the end of this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mohammad U. H. Joardder
    • 1
  • Mahadi Hasan Masud
    • 1
  1. 1.Rajshahi University of Engineering & TechnologyRajshahiBangladesh

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