Policy Brief
Navigating Food Culture Transitions:  Policy Insights from Ghana

Food waste is a growing global concern affecting both developed and developing nations. It is not only a matter of economic loss for individuals and households, it contributes to profound environmental degradation and hinders global food security. Every year, an alarming amount of food is discarded at various stages of the supply chain, including the household level. The findings of research conducted by a research team from the University of Ghana show that food waste is a major concern as substantial amounts of food is wasted at the consumption stage of the food value chain due to over-purchasing, improper storage and unplanned meal quantities. The research evidence also emphasizes the need for a multifaceted approach that incorporates consumer education, awareness campaigns and behavioral change strategies to reduce food waste. This policy brief underscores the gravity of food waste, highlights the research conducted and calls on governments, the food industry and communities to take collective responsibility for minimizing food waste. It also offers a comprehensive set of recommendations for policymakers to combat food waste effectively, including meal planning, portion control and sustainable consumption of food.