There are currently many solutions to food wastage, but this sometimes makes it difficult for a city council, large-scale kitchen or other organisation to see the wood for the trees.
With the Zero Food Waste Flanders project, FoodWIN, together with a number of partner organisations, is developing an innovative cooperation model to tackle food loss effectively. We want to place particular emphasis on connecting organisations with the right experts and solutions, and on making knowledge about the theme of food waste more accessible.
In concrete terms, we want to position ourselves as the central point of contact in the fight against food wastage by organising events and actively participating in projects and consultations. We also want to involve our network of experts as much as possible. We use our position to also put our partners forward, and connect the problem with the right solution or expert. In this way, governments and organisations receive increasingly specialised support to expand their activities around food loss. Furthermore, we want to develop an innovative cooperation model between the leading actors. Finally, we want to make the knowledge in the fight against food waste as accessible as possible. To this end, we are developing an online self-assessment tool.
Partners Coduco, Komosie (en Schenkingsbeurs), WOWfood, Eatmosphere, Citylab, Rekub, Foodlab & Incubator Proef, Resilia solutions en Level IT
Thanks to Flanders Circular, we were able to hold the first Food Waste Fest in 2019. After that, the concept was launched to be able to continue in the future, even without a project subsidy. We are proving this with the organisation of the Food Waste Fest 2.020, which we are funding through partnerships.
Throughout the project, we were able to reach an enormous number of local authorities. We are now carrying out projects in some 15 cities and municipalities, and the intention is to continue to address this target group in the future.
We also want to continue to work on the development of our Food Waste Alliance, because we believe that there is a need for such a partnership both among our partners and the players in the food chain.
Once the support of local authorities and mass caterers has been consolidated, this model can be extended to other actors and sectors. To this end, we are mainly looking at sectors where challenges are big and adequate solutions do not yet exist to stimulate actions.