Circular Economy in Agri-Food Sector: Food Waste Management Perspective

Umair Tanveer*, Shamaila Ishaq, Andrew Gough

*Corresponding author for this work

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Reducing the food waste is the greatest challenge in the present times for sustainable food management systems that have significant economic, environmental and social impact on the food supply chain. The Circular Economy (CE) paradigm advocates the concept of the closed-loop economy endorsing more responsible utilization and appropriate exploitation of resources in contrast to the open-ended linear economic system of take-make-use and dispose. This chapter has explored Agri-Food waste in the context of CE, triple bottom line (TBL), and sustainability. An alignment of circular strategies with the food waste hierarchy is proposed that indicates practical application of the gradations of circularity in the food waste management that could lead to the development of sustainable food management system targeting the sustainable development goals of Zero Hunger and Responsible consumption and production. This chapter also highlights some opportunities and challenges of Agri-Food waste in the application of circular bio-economy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnvironmental Footprints and Eco-Design of Products and Processes
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameEnvironmental Footprints and Eco-Design of Products and Processes
ISSN (Print)2345-7651
ISSN (Electronic)2345-766X

Bibliographical note

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© 2021, The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.


  • Circular economy (CE)
  • Circular strategies
  • Food supply chain (FSC)
  • Food waste (FW)
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainable development goals (SDGs)
  • Triple bottom line (TBL)


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