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IFC’s Food Loss Climate Impact Tool

An innovation by IFC, this emerging markets-focused tool estimates GHG emissions associated with crop/food loss

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About the Tool

When food is lost between farm and fork, the energy, water, fertilizer, and other resources along the value chain that went into producing this food are also wasted. In addition, food that is discarded often decays generating methane, a highly potent greenhouse gas. With support from GAFSP and the Government of the Netherlands, IFC, in partnership with Carbon Trust, developed a first-of-its-kind tool to estimate the GHG and cost savings associated with reducing food losses. The tool reports GHG emissions broken down by value chain phase (production, transport, storage, processing, retail, and landfill) for 50 crops/foods in 117 emerging countries. The tool was peer-reviewed by FAO and Cranfield University.



Our Methodology



billion more people by 2050

Putting increased demand on food production systems and increasing food insecurity


of the food produced in the world is lost or wasted

One effective way to meet the demand for more food is to reduce the significant food loss and waste

Scope of Tool


crops and animal products

The tool analyzes food loss rates and GHG emission factors for different crops and animal protein products.



East Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa