Press release: Dutch platform kicks off

REFRESH aims to develop a Framework of Action to engage stakeholders across the agri-food supply chain to reduce food waste. The Taskforce will contribute to preventing and reducing food waste and become an international frontrunner in the valorisation of agri-food residual streams.

It is leading the transition towards the development of a circular economy, by developing a strategy and roadmap, by establishing a baseline for impact assessment and transparency, and by implementing piloting actions aimed at prevention, reduction and valorisation. It will discuss the status quo on food waste, initiatives and policy in The Netherlands. By validating the Framework of Action, the members/signatories will contribute to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3.

Prominent leaders in the field of sustainability, Dick Boer (Ahold Delhaize), Feike Sijbesma (Royal DSM), Hans Hoogeveen (FAO), Tjerk Wagenaar (Nature & Environment), Conny Braams (Unilever), Hans de Boer (VNO-NCW) and Louise Fresco (WUR) are ambassadors for the Taskforce. Businesses are more than welcome to join the initiative as signatory member or supporter. Signatory members will take concrete actions against food waste and report their progress transparently. Supporters will endorse the ambitions of the Taskforce and receive support for addressing food waste in a variety of ways. The Taskforce aims for at least 100 active business members by 2018.

If you would like to take an active role in the project, please contact Toine Timmermans ( Wageningen Food & Biobased Research