An unique consortium of organisations was successfully preparing the proposal for a pan-European consortium under the European Union Research programme FP7 to establish an EU27-wide database and benchmarking network on food losses, supply chain spoilage and post-consumer food waste; and to establish collaborative partnerships and innovative solutions to prevent food waste across the European food supply chain and maximise the opportunities for consumers to consume the food that they buy.
One of the objectives is to establish a new multi-stakeholder platform on European level, consisting of amongst others, consumer organisations, food services, retailers, NGOs, regulators, food industry, food scientists, packaging specialists, and socio-economic experts, making use of existing infrastructures and contributing to building new ones. The role of this Platform Food Use for Social Innovation will be to interact, exchange knowledge, views and best practices, discuss on relevant topics, develop white papers, and disseminate outcomes, identify and assess opportunities, and develop recommendations. Organisations that recognise the ambitions of the platform are invited to join in activities.
The overall aim of the project is twofold: (1) to stimulate communication and discussion between multiple stakeholders in the food chain regarding socially innovative solutions for optimised food use on science and practice based evidence; and (2) to enable analysis of long term trends in food waste management, by a better understanding and availability of food waste data and greater integration of stakeholders and activities from across the EU and the candidate countries. The project will therefore contribute significantly to the coordination of monitoring activities by the Member States on food wastage and its social and environmental impacts. As a consortium we strongly believe that via this network approach it will be possible to reduce the amount of food loss with 50% in 2030. This is our level of ambition.
For more information please visit the FUSIONS project website.