In 2021, IFT formed their Food & Nutrition Security Steering Committee (FNSSC) to help identify key challenges in food and nutrition security and elevate food science and technology solutions. In 2022, the FNSSC hosted a virtual roundtable discussion on their first challenge, “Food Science & Technology Solutions for Reducing Food Loss and Valorizing Food Processing Side Streams” on November 1 – 2, 2022. The goal was to identify current and potential future solutions from food science and technology that can contribute to the reduction of food loss and valorization of food processing side streams to improve food and nutrition security.
This white paper is a step in a coordinated approach by the food science and technology professional community to align efforts at mitigating food loss from the middle segment. Strengthening these coordinated efforts among public and private sectors; allocating resources dedicated to food science and technology solutions; and legislative action are necessary to meeting global targets to reducing food loss while feeding the world.