2021 International Year of Fruits and Vegetables

#IYFV2021

The UN General Assembly designated 2021 the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables (IYFV), and is focused on:

  • Increasing public, and policy-maker, attention on the many health benefits that come from eating a healthy balanced diet that is focused on fruits and vegetables;

  • Improving food systems (storage, transport, processing, and the sale of fruits and vegetables) to reduce food waste; and

  • Supporting innovation and the use of technologies aimed at preventiing loss and waste of fruits and vegetables, especially in developing countries.

Health benefits

  • Fruits and vegetables are good sources of dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals, (e.g. folate, vitamin A and C, potassium) and beneficial phytochemicals.

  • As part of a healthy diet, fruits and vegetables can help lower risk factors for non-communicable diseases, such as overweight/obesity, chronic inflammation, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

Food waste

  • Up to 50 percent of fruits and vegetables produced in developing countries are lost in the supply chain between harvest and consumption.

  • It can take up to 50 litres of water to produce an orange. Losses in fruits and vegetables represent a waste of increasingly scarce resources, such as soil and water.

  • Significant quantities of fruits and vegetables that are perfectly fit for consumption are wasted along the food system because of aesthetic or physical irregularities.