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AN INNOVATIVE COLLABORATIVE CIRCULAR FOOD SYSTEM TO REDUCE FOOD WASTE AND LOSSES IN THE AGRI-FOOD CHAIN

Project description

Creating new links in EU food chains

Reducing food waste is one of the main challenges in our society and one which must be addressed jointly by all the actors involved in the food supply chain systems. It is therefore important to reduce inefficiencies while reinforcing transparency and networking. The EU-funded FOODRUS project will develop an innovative, collaborative and circular food system to reduce food waste and losses in the agri-food chain. Its strategy is aimed at preventing food waste in a circular economy. Specifically, it will deploy 23 technological, social, financial, legal, educational, political, labelling and organisational solutions involving the mobilisation and participation of farmers, retailers, consumer associations and numerous stakeholders of the entire food chain. The focus is on vegetables in Spain, meat and fish in Denmark and bread in Slovakia.

Objective

It is evident that current food supply chains are notoriously inefficient and show vulnerabilities from initial agriculture production down to the final household consumption and the management of the waste generated.

FoodRUs strategy has been built on the basis of the three fundamental pillars of food sovereignty to undertake Food Waste Prevention challenge being Circular Economy a mandatory model from which to generate, implement and replicate solutions, in different value chains. The reasoned application of these basic principles where FoodRUs strategy is applied, will assure resilient and sustainable local and regional Bioecosystems thanks to a multi-actor and multidisciplinary approach.

FoodRUs will deployed 23 technological, social, financial, legal, educational, political, labelling and organizational innovative solutions involving the mobilization and active participation of more than 40 actors to overcome the specific challenges of the selected value chains and follower regions consisting on: experts on agro-industry, Life Cycle Assessment , social innovation and social economy, sensitisation , culinary arts, nutrition, labelling, fiscality and ICT tools; municipalities; policy makers; ethical finance organizations, stakeholders of the entire food value chains (producers, farmers, retailers, packaging and logistics services, restoration sector, consumers associations and communities); waste managers; entrepreneurs; ONGs; food banks; social kitchens; educational centres and civil associations. FoodRUs will screen 3 value chains focused on 3 specific types of food in Europe:
-Cross-regional Spanish pilot (SPP) focused on vegetables and IV range salads
-Danish pilot (DP) that will analyse the value chain for meat and fish
-Slovak pilot (SLP) analysing the bread value chain

FoodRUs will actively involve 6 European regions as Followers: (Valencia (Spain), Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Budapest (Hungary), Linz (Austria), Plovdiv (Bulgaria) and Halandri (Greece)

Call for proposal

H2020-RUR-2018-2020

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Sub call

H2020-RUR-2020-1

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD DE LA IGLESIA DE DEUSTO ENTIDAD RELIGIOSA
Net EU contribution
€ 872 163,15
Address
AVENIDA DE LAS UNIVERSIDADES 24
48007 Bilbao
Spain

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Region
Noreste País Vasco Bizkaia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Total cost
€ 872 163,15

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