A new report assesses the world’s progress toward Target 12.3 of the sustainable development goals (SDGs), which calls on all nations to halve food waste and reduce food loss by 2030.

According to the new publication, “SDG Target 12.3 on Food Loss and Waste: 2016 Progress Report,” released on behalf of Champions 12.3, a unique coalition of leaders from government, business and civil society around the world dedicated to inspiring ambition, mobilizing action, and accelerating progress toward achieving SDG Target 12.3, governments and organizations across Europe, Africa and the United States have taken a number of notable steps over the past year, but more is needed worldwide. 

The report offers three recommendations for leaders to meet Target 12.3 by 2030:

  1. Target. Targets set ambition, and ambition motivates action. Every country, major city and company involved in the food supply chain should set food loss and waste reduction targets consistent with Target 12.3 to ensure sufficient attention and focus.
  2. Measure. What gets measured gets managed. The report recommends governments and companies quantify and report on food loss and waste and monitor progress over time through 2030.
  3. Act. Impact only occurs if people act. Governments and companies should accelerate and scale up adoption of policies, incentives, investment and practices that reduce food loss and waste.