Jocelyn Boiteau and Prabhu Pingali’s proposed book examines how food systems reforms can support efforts to achieve SDG target 12.3 by reducing food loss and waste in support of sustainable, safe, and nutritious diets in countries at different points of structural transformation.
Previous books on the topic have focused on loss at the retail and consumer stages and primarily use cases from the U.S. and Europe. In their synthesis, they use a food systems lens to examine food loss and waste across the entire range of actors and activities, from production to consumption. This enables them to explore feedback loops between food loss and food security as shifts in food systems occur at different stages of structural transformation. Although they cover food loss and waste globally, they focus particularly on low- and middle-income countries. In doing so, they consider entry points for food loss and waste investment and intervention priorities to deliver healthy diets under different food system contexts. They examine both the quantitative and qualitative dimensions of food loss and waste, using the latest evidence of measurement and prevention across disciplines and across structural transformation stages.
This proposed book will appeal both to professionals interested in food loss and waste prevention as well as academic researchers studying the issue. In this webinar, we will summarize the three major book sections to elicit feedback on the direction and approach: definition and measurement frameworks, food loss and waste pathways linked to food security, and food loss and waste management and prevention approaches.
Robin Shrestha, Research and Capacity Building Manager, Food Systems for Nutrition Innovation Lab, Tufts University
Dr. Robin Shrestha is a Medical Doctor and specializes in research for development in international health and nutrition, focusing especially on food systems for nutrition, food security and humanitarian assistance in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Dr. Shrestha is the Research and Capacity Building Manager for the USAID Feed the Future Food Systems for Nutrition Innovation Lab.
Jocelyn Boiteau, Postdoctoral Associate, Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition
Jocelyn Boiteau is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition. She earned her PhD in international nutrition in 2021 from Cornell University. Her doctoral work focused on measuring food loss and waste along tomato value chains in South India. Jocelyn is also trained as a registered dietitian.
Prabhu Pingali, Professor, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University
Prabhu Pingali is a Professor in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University, with a joint appointment the Department of Global Development. He is the Founding Director of the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI). He is currently the Chair of the Board of ICRISAT, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA). Dr. Pingali has written 14 books and over 200 refereed journal articles and book chapters.