Multi-actor design of low-waste food value chains through the demonstration of innovative solutions to reduce food loss and waste


LOWINFOOD supports the reduction of food loss and waste in European Union by demonstrating innovative solutions following a multi-actor approach that involves actors along the entire value chains. The main objective of the project is to codesign, together with actors of the food chain, low-waste value chains by supporting the demonstration of a portfolio of innovations in the fruits & vegetables, bakery products and fish value chains, as well as in a-home and out-of-home consumption. Proposed solutions are already tested as prototype in lab or in relevant environment but are waiting to be validated and demonstrated to TRL 7/8. The impact of the innovations will be evaluated by providing evidence of (i) their efficacy in reducing food loss and waste in different food value chains, (ii) improving the socio-economic performance of these value chains, and (iii) reducing the environmental impact of the value chains concerned. LOWINFOOD comprises seven interrelated work packages, among which four deal with the demonstration and market replication of the innovations addressed by the project (WP2-5), one to be started before the demonstration of innovations, and seeking to implement a multi-actor approach to support the evaluation of the innovations and including the identification of the methodology, the definition of the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and the actual evaluation (WP1), one to communication, dissemination and market replication (WP6) and one for project coordination management (WP7). The LOWINFOOD consortium includes universities, research institutes, start-ups, foundations, associations and companies working in the food sector with expertise in all relevant scientific and technical areas covered by the project: innovation, demonstration, knowledge transfer, dissemination, policy advice and marketing strategy.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Luca Falasconi

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Agro-Alimentari

Università  degli Studi della Tuscia(Italy)

Other Participants:
The James Hutton Institute (United Kingdom)
Foresightee (Belgium)
Confederazione Nazionale Artigianato Della Piccola E Media Impresa (Italy)
Pianeta Cospea Srl (Italy)
Matomatic Ab (Sweden)
Universität für Bodenkultur Wien (Austria)
Osterreichisches Okologie-Institut (Austria)
Unverschwendet Gmbh (Austria)
Recuperiamo Srl (Italy)
Elhuyar Fundazioa (Spain)
Uppsala Kommun (Sweden)
Fachhochschule Munster (Germany)
Leroma Gmbh (Germany)
Antegon Gmbh (Germany)
Regione Emilia-Romagna (Italy)
Kitro Sa (Switzerland)
Arefl - Assemblee De Regionseuropennes Fruitieres Legumieres Ed Horticoles (France)
Mitakus Analytics Ug (Germany)
Harokopio University (Greece)
Iridanos-Inabelos Anonymi Etaireiatouristikes Ksenodoxeiakes Kai Agrotikes Epixeiriseis (Greece)
L.V.L Anonymi Emporiki Toyristiki Kksenodoxeiaki Kataskevastiki Etaireia (Greece)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
Tampereen Korkeakoulusaatio Sr (Finland)
Akademie Deutsches Baeckerhandwerknord Ggmbh (Germany)
Cogzum Bulgaria Ood (Bulgaria)
Sveriges Lantbruks Universitet -Slu- (Sweden)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 5.534.161,80
Project Duration in months: 52
Start Date: 01/11/2020
End Date: 28/02/2025

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Responsible consumption and production This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

UE flag This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101000439