Food waste is a global challenge from collection to disposal. The problem associated with food waste is on the increase ranging from its discharged, lost, degradation and contamination. Food wastage can be effectively managed through proper storage, purchasing what is needed and giving excess to those in need. The most effective means of managing food waste is through effective sorting at source and recycling for industrial processes for the production of valueadded products, thereby reducing the options of incineration and landfilling. Research has been carried out on food waste for the production of energy and other value-added products. This review aims to provide a brief overview of food waste from the farm gate, retailer, household and the impact of the pandemic in the increase of food waste. The potential strategies of effectively management of food waste both in developed and developing countries are discussed.