On World Food Day, 16 October 2017, Toine Timmermans, Program Manager Circular Economy in Food at Wageningen University & Research, and Coordinator of the EU projects FUSIONS and REFRESH, presented at the event Harnessing Research and Innovation for FOOD 2030 in Brussels.

Az Agrár Marketing Centrum szervezésében szeptemberben tartották az idei Országos Mezőgazdasági Kiállítás és Vásárt. Az OMÉK 2017 elsődleges célja, hogy szakmai szempontból bemutassa a fejlett, hatékony, környezettudatos vállalkozásokra, családi gazdaságokra, kis- és őstermelőkre épülő mezőgazdaságot, és annak értékeit, eredményeit megismertesse a szakmával és a nagyközönséggel. Az esemény kiemelt témája volt élelmiszerpazarlás elleni küzdelem.

The Hungarian pilot working platform (PWP) meeting was organised in a conference form in line with the National Agriculture and Food Exhibition and Fair. The event took place in September 2017 and the main organizer was the Agricultural Marketing Agency. The primary objective of the event was to present professionally the development of advanced, efficient, environmentally conscious businesses, family farms, small and primary producers, and introduce its values ​​and results to the profession and to the general public. One of the main focus points of the event was the fight against food waste.

A projekt fő célja, hogy a "termőföldtől a tányérig" megközelítés jegyében élelmiszer-hulladék csökkentő tevékenységeket dolgozzon ki a zöldség-gyümölcs ágazatban. Ez az egy általában nem túlságosan hosszú ellátási lánc, mivel feldolgozás nem része a folyamatnak, ez bizonyos szempontból megkönnyíti a helyzetet. A projekt elsősorban az alacsony minőségű termékre fókuszál, melyeknek a fogyasztókhoz történő eljuttatását mind  kereskedelemi (értékesítés) és nem-kereskedelmi (adományozás) csatornákon keresztül tervezzük tesztelni.

The Hungarian Pilot Working Platform initiated and started executing the pilot project “Ugly but tasty” pilot project in February 2017.  The main goal of the pilot is to start working on “farm to fork” approach food waste related activities in the fruit & vegetable sector. This chain is one of the shortest chains as processing is not part of it, thereby we can relatively easier focus on the full chain from production to consumer.

The main focus of the project is on the lower quality products, where the plan is to test possible channels for both on a marketed (sale) and a non-marketed (free redistribution) basis.

The goal of the workshop is to find ways on how to establish, foster and maintain long-lasting transnational cooperation between relevant stakeholders.

A new digital network has been launched to encourage collaboration and bring together expertise from across Europe and beyond in a focussed response to the global issue of food waste. The Community of Experts (CoE) aims to help drive action at every level of the supply chain by empowering individuals, organisations and nations through the sharing of skills, knowledge and resources needed to act against food waste.

REFRESH has created an online network for experts to share and gain knowledge on food waste reduction, prevention, and valorisation.

The report presents a summary of the first official food waste monitoring in Flanders at chain level and for each step in the agri-food chain. It also explains the framework, objective and approach of the monitoring. 

In September 2017 the Life Cycle Management Conference was held in Luxembourg. REFRESH partner BOKU chaired and contributed to the Food Waste session, which was visited by his royal highness Prince Louis.

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