Training, education and communication to reduce food waste in the food service industry
Co-financed by the EU Commission LIFE Programme and led by the Italian network for VET, ENAIP NET, the LIFE FOSTER project aims at reducing food waste in the restaurant industry.
The project focuses on these main fields: TRAINING AND EDUCATION, PREVENTION AND COMMUNICATION.
The interconnection between environmental, social and economic dynamics identifies training and education as key instruments to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the UN – particularly.
The project is being implemented in France, Italy, Malta, and Spain.
LIFE FOSTER consists entirely of direct and indirect actions aimed at raising awareness about the problem of food waste, through training on the application of methods, tools and practices for food waste prevention in restaurants.
Since various initiatives have already been undertaken in several EU countries to raise awareness among citizens, producers, canteen and supermarkets, to reuse food surpluses (i.e. downstream of the problem), the LIFE FOSTER project has chosen to focus on prevention (i.e. upstream of the problem) through the involvement of the restaurant industry. The impact of the actions on the food waste problem is measured through a tool – the Food Waste Flow Balance – that provides information on food waste generated, energy and water consumption, combined with their economic value.
The main challenges that the project aims to face are increasing food waste awareness of large and differentiated groups of people – including policy makers, entrepreneurs and citizens –, train a great number of trainers and students, to adopt a sustainable behaviour, and replicate the experience in other geographical areas.
LIFE FOSTER will complement the other initiatives taken and will be able to fight and complete the missing chain link: downstream respect to producers and upstream respect to citizens.
Name of college / organization: ENAIP NET