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Table 1 Amount of food wasted by individuals in developed and developing countries

From: Influence of cultural practices on food waste in South Africa—a review

Demographic location Amount of food produced Amount of food wasted per individual References
Europe ND 173 kg/person/annum Stenmarck, 2016 [24], (European Parliament))
USA > 120 million tonnes 287 kg/person/annum USDA, 2018 [25] World Economic Forum 2015 [26]
Sub-Saharan Africa (Excluding SA) 230 million tonnes 6–11 kg/person/annum UNEP and FAO, 2013 [10], Nahman 2012 [27]
South Africa 31 million tonnes 8–12kg/person/annum Oelofse, 2013 [28], Molelekwa, 2018 [29], WWF, 2017 [13]
Nigeria ND ND Onwumere, 2018 [23]
Developing countries 630 million tonnes ND UNEP and FAO, 2013 [10]
Industrialized countries 670 million tonnes ND UNEP and FAO, 2013 [10]
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