Become a FOODRUS Associated Region!

The FOODRUS project is reaching out to cities and regions to support activities aimed at adapting and replicating some of the project’s approaches and solutions into follower regions, called “FOODRUS Associated Regions”. European cities and regions involved in the project as Associated Regions will enhance the resilience and sustainability of their local and regional food systems by adapting and replicating innovative solutions and approaches. You can find more information about the benefits of joining the project as FOODRUS Associated Region here.

Each FOODRUS Associated Region will identify and detail replication priorities and actions in a “Replication Roadmap” addressing food loss and waste. In order to support the preparation of these roadmaps as well as the implementation of actions and the use of the FOODRUS tools and approaches, FOODRUS Associated Regions will get access to:

  • Results of the project, in particular the tools, methods and demonstrator cases (including deliverables and summary of deliverables, video interviews of experts);
  • Support activities to facilitate transfer these results and put them in perspective with their local context (exchanges with FOODRUS experts and peer regions, meetings on legal and economic barriers);
  • Guidance for the preparation of replication events and Replication Roadmaps.

Six FOODRUS Associated Regions are already confirmed: Timisoara (Romania), Budapest (Hungary), Linz (Austria), Plovdiv (Bulgaria), Halandri (Greece) and Valencia Region (Spain).

Will you be the next one? Express your interest in joining by filling in this form by 31 August 2021.

FOODRUS Deliverables – Month 6

The FOODRUS project started in November 2020 and has since been working hard, producing a range of deliverables that ultimately aim to reduce food losses and waste.

Below you will find the latest public deliverables produced by the project.

FOODRUS_D5.2_Cooperation Plan

With the aim of contributing to a European transition of the agri-food sector towards a more circular and food waste free model, the FOODRUS project has established a task to cooperate with other European and international projects and initiatives focused on Food Waste and Losses (FLW) with the aim of sharing experiences, gaps and barriers, best practices, lessons learnt, drives of change, future scenarios, etc. Therefore, ELIKA, with the technical support of ACR+ as WP5 leader, is responsible for the cooperation with other projects & initiatives in food losses and waste and the first output will be a drafting of the Cooperation Plan to engage those FLW projects, in close collaboration with the FOODRUS communication and dissemination strategy and activities. The common activities identified in this Cooperation Plan will be implemented along with the life of the project, and a list of all the Cooperation activities will be elaborated at the end of the project.

FOODRUS_D5.3_Strategy to recruit other regions

In order to contribute to a European transition of the agri-food sector towards a more circular and food waste free model, the FOODRUS project will reach out to other territories and will support activities aimed at adapting and replicating some project’s approaches and solutions into follower regions, called “FOODRUS Associated Regions”. Six FOODRUS Associated Regions are included in the project, 5 as partners and 1 via a letter of support: Timisoara (Romania), Budapest (Hungary), Linz (Austria), Plovdiv (Bulgaria) Halandri (Greece) and Valencia (Spain). In addition, ACR+ has been tasked to define a strategy to engage with FOODRUS Associated Regions, in close collaboration with the FOODRUS communication and dissemination strategy and activities.

FOODRUS_D8.2_Data_Management_Plan

The aim of FOODRUS´s Data Management Plan is to provide an analysis of the main elements of the data management policy that are going to be used by the consortium.
The results of the FOODRUS project will produce an improvement in the food value chains in terms of food waste and loss prevention and reduction. These services that will be developed are expected to be based on the combination of Open Government Datasets with user-generated data through sensor and third party data to give place to added value datasets.

Meet the team: ACR +

Part of every edition of the FOODRUS newsletter will include a section, introducing you to our consortium of experts that are working to solve the challenges presented by food waste and losses! This edition we meet Núria Cases i Sampere, Project and Communications Officer at ACR+.

ACR+ is an international network of cities and regions sharing the aim of promoting a sustainable resource management and accelerating the transition towards a circular economy on their territories and beyond.

Núria’s primary responsibilities involve providing support on communication activities and preparing articles about relevant EU policy developments. Núria has a background in Environmental Sciences and she holds a Master’s degree on Environmental Systems Analysis and Urban Environmental Management from Wageningen University. After fulfilling missions abroad in Chile at the Ministry of Environment working on organic waste streams, she joined the European Commission’s Waste Unit at DG Environment being in charge of waste prevention files.

What does ACR+ do within the FOODRUS project?

ACR+ is the task leader on legal and economic instruments to prevent food losses and waste and the work package leader for cooperation and replication. In effect this focuses our work on setting-up and managing the FOODRUS Advisory Board, as well as encouraging cities and regions to replicate the project results and findings. Last but not least, ACR+ is also involved in dissemination activities, in particular in relation with the European Week for Waste Reduction (and the FOODRUS day taking place during the EWWR).

Where are the opportunities to reduce food waste and losses?

While in other parts of the world the majority of food loss and waste occur at production level, in Europe most opportunities to reduce food waste are at consumption level. It is therefore needed to engage with consumers so that they adopt more sustainable habits (e.g. with shopping lists and consuming what fulfils the needs and not more), but it is also essential to facilitate the re-use of edible food (donations to feeding hungry people, transformation of edible food e.g. unsold vegetables and fruits in smoothies and soups, etc.). Another opportunity could be to better calibrate food supply chains with consumer demand in order to avoid a surplus of food in supermarkets. This re-calibration will require an adaptation to the logistics and data management of the value chains.

What challenges do you see in fighting food waste and losses?

Too often there is no systemic approach to address food waste through a circular perspective. The legal framework can also be a barrier to food donation and there is no sufficient use of instruments that can give the right signal to citizens (for example pay-as-you-throw schemes). Knowledge sharing and dissemination should be increased and tailored to specific stakeholders of the food value chain, in particular to territories that are big food waste producers.

Have you or your family learnt any new recipes as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown that help to reduce food waste?

I have recently been trying many new recipes that use food leftovers. During the winter I discovered a tasty soup recipe that uses discarded cauliflower leaves, which provide a lovely flavour!