Food and nutrition security (FNS) – having access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food – supports society and communities by ensuring good health, sustainable jobs and lifelong enjoyment. To ensure that future generations achieve FNS, certain global pressures, such as population growth, urbanisation, resource scarcity and climate change, must be addressed. For example, feeding an estimated global population of 9 billion by 2050 will require a near 60 % increase in food demand.

The REFRESH project presented at the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste. The REFRESH Community of Experts was highlighted by EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis

The report provides an overview of the most relevant EU policies and instruments with an impact on food waste generation and/or prevention. It explains the relevance of the different policy areas at EU level and identifies the gaps, overlaps and unintended effects of EU regulation. Finally, it identifies potential opportunities for improvement in each policy area.

This symposium will provide an invaluable opportunity for industry experts, policy makers, academics, NGOs and other key stakeholders to review the EU strategy on food waste and discuss behavioural, social and technological solutions aimed at promoting improved food waste management. Dr. Hilke Bos-Brouwers, REFRESH coordinator, will be presenting.

Interactive working group in Amsterdam: How can Voluntary Agreements between food value chain stakeholders be a key policy instrument for food waste reduction?

Four interactive working groups coming up in 2018 and 2019 will provide a space for stakeholders to discuss policy options to reduce food waste. Three working groups will have specific policy focuses: voluntary agreements, animal feed, and consumer behaviour. A final event will provide an overview of the policy outcomes from the entire REFRESH project. These follow two working groups held in 2017.

The first surplus food shelf in the Netherlands opened today at George Verberne’s Jumbo supermarket in Wageningen. This store shelf features products made from ingredients which would otherwise have been wasted. As part of REFRESH, Wageningen University & Research is using this living lab for research into the consumer acceptance of such surplus products.

SoScience and Diana Group invite participants to join in the fifth edition of the program “The Future Of” on June 14th, 2018 at the IRD’s innovation campus for the planet (near Paris). This international and free conference focuses on the valorization of fruit and vegetable waste.

 

The Dutch REFRESH national platform "Taskforce Circular Economy in Food" will organise an interactive event for TCEF Members, Dutch Champions 12.3 and international frontrunner organisations. Using “Appreciative Inquiry”, the participants will share experiences and best practices, and develop new plans for action to contribute to the SDG 12.3 target by 2030. 

The fourth NLWA Waste Prevention Exchange will focus on food waste prevention and examine different approaches and how to secure long term behaviour change. REFRESH scientific coordinator Hilke Bos-Brouwers (Wageningen University & Research) will give a kenote on "Food waste - towards half as much: Initiatives & programmes that encourage public participation"

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