UCL Institute for Global Prosperity


Soundbite: How do we fix the food waste problem?

28 February 2019, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm


We are joined by Claire Kneller, Head of International Food for the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), for a Soundbite.

Event Information

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Annelise Andersen


Anatomy G04
Gavin de Beer LT
Gower Street

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A third of the food we grow goes to waste while 1 in 9 people goes to bed hungry every night. How have we created a food system that not only allows, but accepts the fact that 30% of everything we grow gets thrown in a hole in the ground without going anywhere near someone eating it? Feeding 9 billion people with our current food system would be responsible for 2 degrees of climate change by itself. Fortunately, we have some pretty good ideas about how we can fix it.

The speaker

Claire Kneller is Head of Food for WRAP Global and a recognised expert in food loss and waste around the world. She leads all of WRAP’s work on sustainable food systems outside the UK, working with countries, businesses and international organisations like the World Bank. She helps develop national policy, encourages the measurement of food loss and waste and the development and implementation of activities to prevent it. Claire’s career at WRAP has spanned public procurement, infrastructure planning, loans and investments and now WRAP’s international programmes. Claire travels extensively for the job, her favourite place she’s visited so far is Mexico City.