Household food wastage in Albania: causes, extent and implications

  • Rovena Preka Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA), Department for Sustainability, Resources Valorisation Lab., Bologna, Italy
  • Sinisa Berjan Faculty of Agriculture, University of East Sarajevo, East Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Roberto Capone Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Rural Development department; International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies in Bari (CIHEAM-Bari), Valenzano (Bari), Italy
  • Hamid El Bilali Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Rural Development department; International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies in Bari (CIHEAM-Bari), Valenzano (Bari), Italy and Centre for Development Research, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria
  • Mohammad Sadegh Allahyari Rasht Branch, Islamic Azad University
  • Philipp Debs Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Rural Development department; International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies in Bari (CIHEAM-Bari), Valenzano (Bari), Italy
  • Francesco Bottalico Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Rural Development department; International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies in Bari (CIHEAM-Bari), Valenzano (Bari), Italy and Department of Science and Technology, Parthenope University of Naples, Naples, Italy
  • Vesna Mrdalj Department for Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Banja Luka, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Keywords: food waste, consumer behavior, economic loss, food labeling


Food waste (FW) is a very serious issue not only in ethical and social terms, but also given its economic and environmental impacts (cf. resource wastage and depletion). Recent data show that more than half of food wastage in the European Union is generated in households. FW is unfortunately not well addressed in Albania. For this reason, an exploratory online survey was carried out in the period August–November 2016 with 185 Albanians to analyse the causes, extent and implications of household food wastage in Albania. Most of the respondents have a high education level, which might have affected the survey’s outcomes. Nevertheless, results showed that awareness about negative impacts of FW is still low. Alongside, although FW seems high, few public initiatives and campaigns are put in place to tackle the issue. Therefore, it’s time to move towards a comprehensive strategy that raises awareness on FW negative impacts in the Albanian society and increases knowledge on food purchase management, consumption habits and related food storage.


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Preka, R., Berjan, S., Capone, R., El Bilali, H., Allahyari, M. S., Debs, P., Bottalico, F., & Mrdalj, V. (2020). Household food wastage in Albania: causes, extent and implications. Future of Food: Journal on Food, Agriculture and Society, 8(1). Retrieved from
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