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Publication | 26 January 2021

The role of diverse distribution channels in reducing food loss and waste: The case of the Cali tomato supply chain in Colombia

Food loss and waste (FLW) in developing countries is often high at postharvest stages due to technical and infrastructural constraints, while supermarket expansion has induced organizational, institutional and technological changes in the agrifood supply chains. Here we assess the volume of FLW along a food supply chain (FSC) and analyze the roles that supermarket and non-supermarket channels play in dealing with FLW. The study is based on primary data collected along a tomato chain—from production to retailing—in Cali (Colombia).