The 2nd SISTERS Working Group focused its main discussion on food losses. The meeting took place online on October 6th, 2022 – SAFE organised and planned the discussion. The event gathered partners from projects such as ZeroW, HOOP, PestNu.

After an introductive roundtable of presentations of the participants and of their projects, C. Peñalva Lapuente from AITIIP and SISTERS project coordinator, presented the SISTERS project and the innovations the partners are working on. The project proposes indeed a set of systemic innovations addressed to reduce Food Losses and Waste (FLW) generated in every stage of the food value chain in Europe. The goal is to solve the main existing challenges in production, processing, marketing (retailing/wholesaling), as well as consuming and managing logistics.

What was clear from the first moments, is that there are a lot of angles and approaches to tackle food loss & waste at EU level:

  • Innovation and digitalisation in the primary production stage
  • Awareness raising activities and campaigns to teach consumers how to manage FW at household level

  • Food donation and food banks to provide everyone with affordable food
  • Smart labelling for consumers
  • Innovative sustainable packaging at retailer level
  • Biopesticides and fertilisers at primary production level
  • Circular economy related to urban biowaste and to the whole supply chain

FLW reduction presents many opportunities for innovation, and the private sector has shown particular interest in tackling FLW in recent years. Many digital and technological innovations have been developed in recent years to help curb the amount of food waste (ICLEI).

To conclude the session, the participants indicated that this WG will meet again in 3 months (January 2023) and the next meetings will focus on the different stages of the food value chain (production, logistics, processing, marketing, consumption). The last one will be hosted by Innovarum, who will explain the best strategies to communicate to producers, consumers, and policy makers about FLW.