Arnhem-Nijmegen Green Metropolitan
The Arnhem-Nijmegen Green Metropolitan Region is characterized by the presence of both city and countryside which are strongly connected. Residents are, on average, young, highly educated and health-conscious. The region, including Foodvalley, is an attractive location for regional and international food companies. There is strong business activity, although mostly oriented on the production side of the food chain. The food value chain as a whole therefore gets neglected, causing unnecessary waste streams. In order to increase impact, it is the ambition of the region to combine and streamline efforts in certain areas and focusing on consumers, as well as producers, innovators and knowledge institutions with the aim of achieving integral circular food chains.
Two examples of regional initiatives focusing on creating circular food value chains are:
• NEXTgarden, which is an 8-hectare park where visitors and consumers can experience (greenhouse) horticulture and learn about the challenges of the coming decades and the creation a sustainable and more innovative horticulture.
Homepage: NEXTgarden Lingewaard, hét ontwikkelingsgebied voor tuinbouw
• Oregional, which is a cooperative association of (organic and conventional) farmers in the Arnhem – Nijmegen region which sells the products of its affiliated members directly to customers such as hotels, restaurants, care institutions and corporate caterers in the same region. Oregional is currently investigating the possibilities for realising a climate-neutral regional food chain.
Interest in joining FOODRUS
Agrofood is one of the priority sectors in the region. The aim is, among other things, to reduce protein consumption, use renewable and more regionally produced manure and raw materials, the use of residual flows and the limitation of food waste. This results in multiple lines of action:
- changing consumption patterns, by both raising consumer awareness and focusing on product development;
- protein transition, by finding new protein sources, for example insects;
- optimisation of manure and mineral cycles;
- recycling of waste streams;
- identifying of valorization options for food waste, through the cascading of waste streams and setting up new business models;
- finding solutions for intelligent and sustainable logistics: to market consumers, and back for further processing.
Vision for future
The Arnhem-Nijmegen Green Metropolitan Region wants to become an international frontrunner in circular economy in the next years and become climate-neutral by 2050. We seek to combine our metropolitan and economic power with sustainable and green practices with crossovers in the field of circular economy, food, energy, clean mobility and health high tech. The region is positioning itself as a living lab of the future-proof, circular economy which enables businesses, government bodies, educational institutes, banks and residents to find each other quickly, share knowledge and learn from each other.
In striving for circular food chains, the Arnhem-Nijmegen Green Metropolitan region has the potential to formulate an ambitious response to challenges in the food value chain. Especially through cooperation with Foodvalley at the heart of innovation in Food with key players such as Wageningen University & Research (WUR), NIZO Food Research and Top Institute Food and Nutricion (TiFN).
Homepage of the Arnhem-Nijmegen Green Metropolitan Region
Homepage of The Economic Board
Homepage of Foodvalley
Homepage Food Community RvN@ (regional hub)