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DACC and BETA TC, representing the FOLOU project, attended the international conference ‘Towards Halving Food Waste in Europe’


On 18 and 19 June 2024 representatives of the BETA Technological Centre and the Department of Climate Action, Food and Rural Agenda have attended the international conference towards halving food waste in Europe at CHV Noordkade Veghel in the Netherlands. This conference was organised by Food Waste Free United in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature, and Food Quality, the province of North Brabant, the municipality of Meierijstad, and Wageningen University & Research.

With a total of 371 participants from 33 nationalities, this event brought together representatives from companies, governments, scientific organisations, and civil society with the aim of accelerating joint efforts to change our food system and eliminate food waste at all levels of the food supply chain by 2030.

The two-day conference was divided into two parts: the first one was dedicated to enhancing collaboration opportunities through several sessions and roundtables, while the second part consisted of food waste-free fieldtrips with 6 different themes. FOLOU representatives attended an interesting fieldtrip in which they visited Food Fellows, Royal Cosun Innovation Centre and Fruit Tech Campus Innovation Hub. This was a great opportunity to highlight the importance of data and the role of quantification in FL prevention.

FOLOU partners actively participated in the discussions related to the quantification and management of FLW, legislation and policy-making related to the FLW phenomenon. It is worth mentioning that many stakeholders attending to the conference were interested in the current outputs of FOLOU. Moreover, during the last break-out session, the project was mentioned by the speakers as an example to follow, as well as with FLW Law and initiatives promoted by the Department of Climate Action, Food and Rural Agenda of the Government of Catalonia.

The conference has reflected the interest to keep working together on new strategies to emphasise the importance of FL and to reduce FLW, joining efforts with all the actors that are currently working on this topic. This way of sharing experiences will strengthen the results of the different projects and initiatives across Europe that are working to tackle the challenges of FLW, such as the FOLOU project.