UNEP, Indian households waste 50 kg of food per person per year: According to a UN survey, 931 million tonnes of food is wasted globally in 2019, enough to circle the Earth seven times. Household food waste in India is estimated to be about 68.7 million tonnes per year.
According to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and partner organisation WRAP’s Food Waste Index Report 2021, approximately 931 million tonnes of food waste were produced in 2019, with 61% coming from households, 26% from food service, and 13% from retail.
Household food waste in India is estimated to be 50 kg per capita per year, or 68,760,163 tonnes per year. In the United States, household food waste is estimated to be 59 kg per capita per year, or 19,359,951 tonnes per year, while in China, household food waste is estimated to be 64 kg per capita per year, or 91,646,213 tonnes per year.
Target 12.3 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aims to cut global per-capita food waste in half at the retail and consumer levels, as well as reduce food losses in the production and supply chains. The Food Waste Index is one of the target’s two measures.