The Ecowaste4food Project (2017-2020) focuses on the challenge of preventing food waste. One of its goals is to demonstrate that food waste management contributes to a more sustainable and inclusive model for territorial economic development.
Through this project, the Catalan Waste Agency has launched the Action Plan for the Prevention of Food Waste in Catalonia 2019-2020, which provides a framework and a space for meeting and cooperation among players from forty-seven different organisations that represent all the parts of the value chain and which share the same challenge.
The players have identified six priorities which are key to addressing the challenge of food waste prevention:
- Generate knowledge to understand the phenomenon of food waste and how it evolves in the context of the food system.
- Raise awareness, educate and train for action in the prevention of food waste.
- Prevent food waste at source so that food is not thrown away at any point in the food chain.
- Recover and use waste foodstuffs, especially those for human consumption.
- Implement a participatory governance model based on coordination among stakeholders in the food chain to generate impact on the food system.
- Promote a regulatory framework that increases and accelerates the impact of actions.
In order to join forces, all the actions by the participating organisations that contribute to the shared priorities have been included in the Action Plan. The Plan’s governance and monitoring system enables players to jointly assess the progress of their actions and their impact on the food system. It also enables them to jointly detect and analyse synergies, complementarities, opportunities and obstacles, as well as to explore and launch new collaborative actions.
The Ecowaste4food Project, which ends in December 2020, is a first step in articulating a shared agenda within the framework of RIS3CAT, co-financed by the ERDF Operational Programme Catalonia 2014-2020, to address the challenge of food waste in Catalonia more effectively.