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Food Waste by Country 2024

Country
Waste per Capita
Nigeria189
Rwanda164
Greece142
Bahrain132
Malta129
Iraq120
Tanzania119
Saudi Arabia105
Lebanon105
Yemen104

China

The gross amount of food waste in China exceeds 91 million tons. The large quantities of food waste reported by China, while considerable, probably shouldn't be too much of a surprise for the world's most populous country.

India

The gross amount of food waste for India exceeds 68 million tons. Much like China, India's sheer population numbers unsurprisingly result in larger amounts of unused food.

United States

The gross amount of food waste in the US exceeds 19 million tons. While other countries can cite population numbers as the inherent reason for food waste, the US can't make that claim. For the most powerful nation on earth, food waste is a result of being the world's largest consumer of food.

Japan

The gross amount of food waste in Japan exceeds 8 million tons. Although Japan can't make the same population boasts as larger countries, it is a densely populated land. That is also the primary culprit for Japan's large food waste numbers.

Germany

The gross amount of food waste in Germany exceeds 6 million tons. Germany, like several other European nations, owes its food waste excess to both size and wealth.

France

The gross amount of food waste in France exceeds 5 million tons. Known for its love of food and baked goods, France is less known for its food waste, a problem it shares with fellow European nations.

United Kingdom

The gross amount of food waste in the UK exceeds 5 million tons. Even the most regal of countries are not immune to the issue of food waste, and the UK is exhibit number one.

Russia

The gross amount of food waste in Russia exceeds 4 million tons. Russia's food waste excess is in large part due to the size and number of people that live in this vast country.

Spain

The gross amount of food waste in Spain exceeds 3 million tons. The country of Spain is well known for its celebrations and food, but much of that food becomes waste, also putting Spain on the food waste by country list.

Australia

The gross amount of food waste in Australia exceeds 2 million tons. Arguably one of the more surprising countries on the list, Australia rounds out the food waste by country list. What makes Australia such an unexpected member of the food-waste club is that Australia is also a world leader in green energy and conservation efforts.

  • Data displays estimated household food waste per household. The precise methodology used to determine estimates may vary from country to country.

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Country
Waste per Capita (kg)
Annual Waste (tons)
Nigeria18937.9M
Rwanda1642.1M
Greece1421.5M
Bahrain132216.2K
Malta12956.8K
Iraq1204.7M
Tanzania1196.9M
Saudi Arabia1053.6M
Lebanon105717.5K
Yemen1043M
Syria1041.8M
DR Congo1038.9M
Uganda1034.5M
Mozambique1033.1M
Madagascar1032.8M
Niger1032.4M
Mali1032M
Burkina Faso1032.1M
Malawi1031.9M
Chad1031.6M
Somalia1031.6M
Guinea1031.3M
Burundi1031.2M
South Sudan1031.1M
Togo103830K
Sierra Leone103802.4K
Central African Republic103487.3K
Liberia103507K
Eritrea103359.1K
Gambia103241.1K
Guinea Bissau103197.3K
Australia1022.6M
Palestine101501.6K
Georgia101403.6K
Angola1003.2M
Ivory Coast1002.6M
Cameroon1002.6M
Senegal1001.6M
Zimbabwe1001.5M
Benin1001.2M
Israel100848.4K
Republic of the Congo100535.9K
Mauritania100450.7K
Lesotho100211.7K
Eswatini100114.3K
Djibouti10097K
Comoros10084.7K
Cape Verde10054.8K
Sao Tome and Principe10021.4K
Kenya995.2M
Sudan974.2M
Tajikistan97906.2K
United Arab Emirates95923.7K
Oman95470.3K
Kuwait95397.7K
Qatar95267.7K
Cyprus95113.3K
Mexico9412M
Hungary94908.7K
Turkey937.8M
Jordan93939.9K
Azerbaijan93934.9K
Armenia93275.2K
Mauritius93118.6K
Seychelles939.1K
Ethiopia9210.3M
Botswana92211.8K
Namibia92229.3K
Gabon92199.7K
Equatorial Guinea92124.7K
Egypt919.1M
Algeria913.9M
Morocco913.3M
Uzbekistan913M
Malaysia912.9M
Tunisia911.1M
Papua New Guinea91798.8K
Kyrgyzstan91584K
Solomon Islands9161K
Vanuatu9127.3K
Kiribati9110.7K
Micronesia9110.4K
Luxembourg9055.1K
Philippines869.3M
Myanmar864.7M
Cambodia861.4M
Laos86619K
Timor Leste86111.6K
France855.5M
Ghana842.6M
Portugal84861.8K
Croatia84348.1K
Andorra846.5K
San Marino842.9K
Gibraltar842.8K
Haiti83936.9K
Serbia83726.2K
Bosnia and Herzegovina83273.3K
Albania83238.5K
North Macedonia83172.5K
Montenegro8352K
Afghanistan823.1M
North Korea812.1M
Sweden81812.9K
Denmark81469.4K
Bolivia80922K
Honduras80780.5K
Nicaragua80524.2K
El Salvador80516.8K
Singapore80465.4K
Brunei8034.7K
Thailand795.5M
Canada792.9M
Nepal792.2M
Norway79423.9K
Bhutan7960K
French Polynesia7922K
New Caledonia7922.3K
Guam7913.2K
Northern Mariana Islands794.5K
Palau791.4K
Nauru79850
Zambia781.4M
Mongolia78250.2K
Estonia78102.7K
Indonesia7720.9M
United Kingdom775.2M
Spain773.6M
Vietnam767.3M
Ukraine763.3M
Sri Lanka761.6M
Kazakhstan761.4M
Libya76513.1K
Turkmenistan76449.9K
Moldova76307.4K
Lithuania76210.3K
Latvia76145.3K
Fiji7667.4K
Iceland7625.8K
Samoa7614.9K
Tonga767.9K
Isle of Man766.4K
Faroe Islands763.7K
American Samoa764.2K
Marshall Islands764.5K
Tuvalu76878
Germany756.3M
Pakistan7415.9M
Chile741.4M
Panama74313.9K
Uruguay74255.9K
Puerto Rico74216.9K
Trinidad and Tobago74103.1K
Bahamas7428.8K
Barbados7421.2K
Curacao7412.1K
Aruba747.9K
United States Virgin Islands747.7K
Antigua and Barbuda747.2K
Cayman Islands744.8K
Bermuda744.6K
Greenland744.2K
Saint Kitts and Nevis743.9K
Turks and Caicos Islands742.8K
Sint Maarten743.1K
Saint Martin742.8K
British Virgin Islands742.2K
Argentina723.2M
Peru722.4M
Venezuela722.1M
Ecuador721.3M
Guatemala721.3M
Dominican Republic72777.8K
Cuba72820.9K
Switzerland72616K
Paraguay72510.3K
Costa Rica72365.6K
Jamaica72213.6K
Guyana7256.7K
Suriname7242.1K
Saint Lucia7213.2K
Grenada728.1K
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines728K
Dominica725.2K
Liechtenstein722.7K
Monaco722.8K
Iran715.9M
South Korea713.7M
Hong Kong71531K
Macau7145.7K
Maldives7137.7K
Colombia703.5M
Romania701.4M
Czech Republic70746.9K
Slovakia70381.3K
Belarus68646.4K
Bulgaria68478.7K
Italy674.1M
Bangladesh6510.6M
Finland65361.9K
China6491.6M
Japan648.2M
New Zealand61291.8K
Brazil6012.6M
United States5919.4M
Poland562.1M
Ireland55267.1K
Belize5320.6K
India5068.8M
Netherlands50854.9K
Belgium50576K
South Africa402.3M
Austria39349.2K
Slovenia3471.1K
Russia334.9M
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What country wastes the least food?

Sudan and Tajikistan are the two countries that waste the least amount of food.

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