Coordinated by the University of Deusto and comprising 27 partners from 10 different European countries, the EU-funded FOODRUS project “An innovative collaborative circular food system to reduce food waste and losses in the agri-food chain” aims to limit food losses and waste, and to promote resource efficiency across all stages of the agri-food value chain.
FOODRUS is working to tackle food waste and losses by creating resilient food systems across nine European regions. To achieve this, the project will test 23 circular solutions through diverse forms of collaborative innovation, including among others: technological (ICT solutions to manage food losses and waste), social (educational materials and citizen science activities to promote sustainable consumption habits), organisational (last mile networks to foster local consumption and donation), and fiscal (new ‘Pay As You Throw’ schemes).
The FOODRUS solutions will be tested at three demonstrations across Europe: a cross-regional Spanish pilot focused on vegetables and prepared salads; a Danish pilot centered on meat and fish; and a Slovakian pilot analysing the bread value chain. FOODRUS will also engage with six follower regions who will look to implement the same solutions in their own local contexts.