Liz Goodwin, chief executive of WRAP, has presented a new report in Dubai concerning food waste.
The International Forum on Sustainable Lifestyles is being hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and is the first of its kind in the country.
The WRAP report suggested that annual savings of up to $300bn (£193bn) could be achieved by 2030 if global food waste was reduced by 50%.
She said that an area the size of Wales would be necessary to produce the amount of food wasted yearly in the UK, and argued that consumer attitudes needed to change to reduce waste.
WRAP estimated that two million tonnes of waste could be saved by 2025 in the UK alone.
“WRAP’s expertise of UK food waste prevention is being utilised internationally,” she said. “Through the ‘Think Eat Save’ campaign, WRAP is helping UNEP initiate the set-up and delivery of a South African pilot.”
UNEP is being invited to the UK in order to oversee methods of preventing food waste.