23 Feb 2016 – Cross-over bijeenkomst water-logistiek export (in Dutch)

De Nederlandse logistieke sector heeft de ambitie meer exportwaarde te genereren met haar kennis en kunde. De water sector heeft hier al decennia succesvolle ervaring mee. Logistiek en water vullen elkaar vaak aan. Met name met betrekking tot de organisatie van logistieke keten met gebruikmaking van haven en achterland infrastructuur.

Het Netherlands Water Partnership en TKI Dinalog organiseren daarom een cross-overbijeenkomst water-logistiek export op dinsdag 23 februari. Doel van deze bijeenkomst met partijen uit de sectoren water en logistiek is te verkennen wat de complementariteit zou zijn en hoe water & logistieke partijen gezamenlijk toegevoegde waarde kunnen creëren in het buitenland. Als concrete case wordt hierbij Colombia als uitgangspunt genomen, waar Nederland al vele activiteiten heeft op onder andere onderwijs en ontwikkeling van ‘River waterways’ en ‘ports of the future’.

U kunt zich via deze link aanmelden. Na aanmelding ontvangt u de gedetailleerde agenda.

 

Event Info

Event: Cross-over bijeenkomst water-logistiek export

When: 23 February 2016, 15:00 – 18:00

Where: The Hague,, The Netherlands

Organizer: Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) and TKI Dinalog

Website: www.dinalog.nl/event/cross-bijeenkomst-water-logistiek-export/

 

28 Jan 2016 – Postharvest Network meeting (in Dutch)

The Postharvest Network is organizing a network meeting on January 28, 2016 in the New World Campus in The Hague (in Dutch). If you are interested to participate, please send us an email.

Het Postharvest Netwerk nodigt u uit voor een inspirerende middag rond actuele en toekomstige ontwikkelingen in postharvest management en voedselverliezen in ontwikkelende en opkomende landen. Welke ontwikkelingen zien we gebeuren en welke vraagstukken werpt dit op? Waar liggen oplossingsrichtingen? Welke kansen biedt dit voor Nederlandse partijen in samenwerking met lokale partners? Graag gaan we met u in gesprek over deze onderwerpen om gezamenlijk nieuwe inzichten te winnen en inspiratie op te doen.

Programma

13:30        Ontvangst met koffie en thee

14:00        Marcel Vernooij, Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken

Opening

14:20        Herman de Boon, VGB

“Metropolitane voedselzekerheid: Een uitdaging voor vandaag en morgen”

14:50        Renske Franken, DADTCO

“De cassave revolutie: het reduceren van na-oogst verlies op basis van mobiele technologie”

15:20        Sander van Schaik, Fresh Food Technology

“Terugdringen van verliezen in fruit in India door een nieuw business model voor bewaring”

15:50        Koffie pauze

16:15:       Open Space

17:00        Afsluiting en conclusies

17:30        Borrel

Event Info

Event: Postharvest Network meeting

When: 28 January 2016

Where: The Hague, The Netherlands

Organizer: Postharvest Network

 

16-17 Dec 2015 – Workshop on the Potato Value Chain

The El Oued Chamber of Agriculture and the NL Embassy Algiers  (Agricultural department)  co-organize a workshop on the potato value chain on 16 and 17 December 2015. The workshop targets growing, harvesting, stocking as well as postharvest aspects and thus targets a broad Dutch and Algerian public consisting of growers  and seed suppliers, providers of harvesting equipment, traders and transporters, the Algerian national potato growers association, governmental institutions, researchers and scientists, and experts on sustainable potato production and on post-harvest losses.

The workshop will also include field visits to production and stocking locations in El Oued. The Postharvest Network will participate in the workshop and give a presentation on postharvest losses in the potato chain.

Event Info

Event: Workshop on the Potato Value Chain

When: 16-17 December 2015

Where: El Oued, Algiers

Organizer: El Oued Chamber of Agriculture and the NL Embassy Algiers

 

07 Dec 2015 – A Sustainable Food Future: Production, Supply & Consumption

Following the United Nations Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda in September 2015, the implications of the agreed goals on the global food system need to be addressed.  

A key feature of the Sustainable Development Goals is the recognition of interdependencies across the food system between production and consumption, resource use, international policies, support for smallholder farmers, agricultural value chains and health. Changes in food production and consumption, vulnerabilities and inefficiencies in food systems and the implications of these for policy and business, as well as the climate impact of the sector and the connection between food and resource use must therefore be confronted.

This conference will bring together policy-makers, businesses and NGOs to critically consider strategies to tackle the challenges presented by the Sustainable Development Goals and to develop a more robust food system while exploring opportunities for investment, reducing environmental impact and improving health.

To enable as open a debate as possible, this conference will be held under the Chatham House Rule.

Event Info

Event: A Sustainable Food Future: Production, Supply & Consumption

When: 07 December 2015

Where: Chatham House, London, United Kingdom

Organizer: Chatham House

Website: https://www.chathamhouse.org/conferences/sustainable-food-future#

 

04 Dec 2015 – Launch Platform on Measurement & Reduction of Food Loss & Waste

This side event of the FAO Council will launch the FAO and International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Technical Platform on Food Loss and Waste and highlight knowledge and concrete steps required to scale-up food loss and waste prevention and reduction. 

During the Turkish G20 Presidency, FAO provided significant inputs to the G20 work both on agriculture and development. In May 2015, the G20 Agriculture Ministers invited FAO together with IFPRI to establish a platform, building on existing systems, for sharing information and experiences in measuring and reducing food loss and waste. The Ministers strongly supported the Technical Platform on Food Loss and Waste as the major practical outcome of the meeting which was also endorsed by at the G20 Leaders Antalya Communiqué in November 2015. The Platform welcomes world-wide members and will also work on solutions for low-income countries.

Purpose
The side event will provide an appropriate forum for the launch of the Technical Platform on Food Loss and Waste by FAO and IFPRI, allowing for discussion and concrete engagement in this action. The event will add to the political momentum for greater action coordination aimed at reducing food loss and waste globally. In 2014 FAO has set up the Global Initiative on Food losses and Waste Reduction with its partner organizations. The event will be crucial in raising awareness among member countries for the need to coordinate global efforts in measuring and reducing food loss and waste within the context of the Agenda 2030 and for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12.3.

Agenda
Welcome by the Chairperson, Presidency of the G20 (China); Ambassador Dun Niu, China;
Statement by FAO Director-General, Mr. José Graziano da Silva;
Statement by IFPRI Director General, Mr. Shenggen Fan;
Statement by Outgoing G20 Presidency (Turkey); Ms. Sinem Mingan, Counsellor, Deputy Head of Mission, Turkey;
Brief technical presentation of the Platform by the Agro-industry Division, FAO;
Mr. Divine Njie, Deputy Director, Rural Infrastructure and Agro-industries Division;

Reflections on support for the Technical Platform on Food Loss and Waste by

> Ambassador Maria Laura da Rocha, Permanent Representative of Brazil to FAO
> Ms. Graziella Romito, Director, Division for International and European Policies, Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, Italy
> Mr. Khaled El-Taweel, Alternate Permanent Representative of Egypt to FAO
> Mr. Abreha Aseffa, Minister Plenipotentiary, Deputy Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to Rome-based UN Agencies
> Ambassador François Pythoud, Permanent Representative, Permanent Representation of Switzerland to FAO, IFAD and WFP
> Mr. John Norris, Minister Counsellor for Agriculture, Permanent Representative of the USA to FAO

Responsible office: Agro-Industries Division (AGS)

Languages: Chinese, English, French and Spanish

Media: #FLWPlatform and fao.org/webcast

Event Info

Event: Launch Platform on Measurement & Reduction of Food Loss & Waste

When: 04 December 2015, 14:00 – 15:30

Where: FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy

Organizer: FAO

Website: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/council/cl153/side-events/technical_platform/en/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social+media&utm_campaign=faoknowledge

 

20 Nov 2015 – Wicked World – Bee Collective session

On November 20, 2015, the Bee-Collective is organizing the Bee Collective Festival. The F&BKP is supporting and co-orginazing a Wicked World – Bee Collective session in Nairobi, Kenya. The session “Potato losses, Value chain efficiency and Food security” is organized together with Wicked Problems Plaza and the Postharvest Network and forms part of the Bee Collective Festival (by invitation only).

The Bee Collective Festival will address different wicked problems on several locations all over the world and a new organization form (Pop Up Company) will be set up to start acting upon these wicked problems.

The new ideas defined during the different sessions will be taken on by the Bee Collective Swarm, a network of people in and around Bee Collective. This Swarm can turn the ideas into social businesses which are organized according the model of a Decentralized Collective Organization (DCO), called “Pop Up Companies”.

The Bee Collective Swarm works in a super democratic way. Everyone who participates and takes on an active role, has a say in the Pop Up Companies they work in and will get a share from the profits being made. People in the Bee Collective Swarm are like bees. They can spread their expertise over various Pop Up Companies and together they form a large collective Swarm intelligence. They may operate in different teams and Pop Up Companies, using the democratic and sharing rules.

In the F&BKP Bee Collective session the Wicked World Problem of potato losses in Kenya will be unraveled by a group of about 20 people with different backgrounds, ideas, expertise and positions. The group will be led by trained facilitators of the Art of Hosting who are using techniques based upon the Wicked Problem Plaza methodology (a methodology designed by the Partnership Resource Centre, a department of the Erasmus University in Rotterdam). Participants in the session will together search for a common ground upon which they will start building new ideas for possible solutions.

The central question of the Wicked World – Bee Collective session about “The reduction of Potato losses, and improvement of Value chain efficiency and Food security” will be:

“How will we together re-think the potato value chain in order to
reduce food losses and improve chain efficiency and food security?”

This perspective has been chosen as we know that the reduction of food losses and improvement of food security can only be realized by placing the issues in a broader context and addressed through collective action throughout the value chain.

The organizers aim at gathering a group of various actors throughout the potato value chain as well as all surrounding actors that impact the value chain directly or indirectly with different opinions and visions on the problem. In the ideal situation the participants give a 360 degree view on the problem. Also (social) entrepreneurs and start-ups who have the intention to start a Pop Up Company are invited.

During the day all different Wicked World – Bee Collective sessions we will connected via livestream.

 

Event Info

Event: Wicked World – Bee Collective session

When: 20 November 2015

Where: Nailab, Nairobi, Kenya

Organizer: Bee Collective

Website: http://bee-collective.com/the-date/

 

17-18 Nov 2015 – Envisioning a Future without Food Waste and Food Poverty

This academic conference is designed as a multidisciplinary deliberation forum. It aims to provide us with an opportunity to discuss significant challenges facing the global food system in the 21st Century.  The University of the Basque country is hosting the Conference at its Paraninfo, the Bizkaia Aretoa (in front of the Iberdrola Tower and the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao City Center).

Food insecurity and hunger are growing problems in the world. The combined consequences of the financial crisis, market instability and increasing food prices severely aggravate the situation. That is also happening in the wealthy developed world. According to Caritas-Europe, 79 million people are food insecure in the EU (Caritas Report, 2014). That happens while up to half of world food production is wasted (see, among other: FAO, Global food losses and food waste. Extent, causes and prevention, 2011). According to the EU Parliament the current wastage in EU27 is 179kg per capita (89 million tones per annum) and if nothing changes it will get worse, with a major impact in environmental and economic terms as well as ethical implications. MEPs called on the Commission to implement a coordinated strategy combining EU-wide and national measures to improve the efficiency of food consumption chains sector by sector and to tackle food wastage as a matter of urgency (EU Parliament, 2011). When developing strategies for a more efficient food chain, we must take into account that the reasons for the waste are not always the same.

During the academic conference “Envisioning a Future without Food Waste and Food Poverty: Societal Challenges” researchers will be able to share their knowledge, stimulate collaborations with colleagues from across the disciplines and expand their networks. Some of the fields of inquiry include: rural development, agronomy, engineering, environmental sciences, human nutrition, law and governance, sociology and philosophy. All presentations will be in either English or Spanish and there will be simultaneous translation in the plenary sessions and most of the parallel ones.

Event Info

Event: Envisioning a Future without Food Waste and Food Poverty

When: 17-19 November 2015

Where: University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain

Organizer: URBAN ELIKA group

Website: http://www.ehu.eus/

 

19 Oct 2015 – Food Security Seminars Netherlands – Palestine

On Thursday October 29, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs are organizing the second edition of the Dutch-Palestinian Bilateral Cooperation Forum. During the event, Maastricht School of Management is organizing three Food Security Seminars. Modernization of agriculture is an important theme in the Palestinian Territories. The seminars are meant to share lessons learned and explore cooperation. Part of the Palestinian participants is interested in how technology can help Palestinian agricultural producers to increase their production. In addition, food producers interested in export possibilities to the Netherlands will participate.
Nina Waldhauer from the Postharvest Network will be a speaker in session 2, presenting Dutch approaches to bringing research and industry together in order to foster innovation.

Food Security Seminar 1 (11.00-12.30)

Towards a more competitive Palestinian economy: innovation and business development in the agricultural sector. With an official opening by Dr Sufian Sultan Al-Tamimi, Minister of Agriculture, Palestinian Authority and a keynote address by Prof Wim Naudé, Dean Director, Maastricht School of Management.
The moderator is Mr Jamal Jawabreh, Secretary General, Federation of Palestinian Chambers of Commerce Industry & Agriculture.
Prof Naudé is a renowned expert on innovation and entrepreneurship in – and competitiveness of emerging economies.

Food Security Seminar 2 (13.30-15.00)

University – agroindustry linkages for innovation, business development, and employability. With a discussion moderated by Dr Hanna Abdel Nour, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Al Quds University, and three presentations:

  • Horticulture in the Netherlands: innovation and knowledge driven, by Mr Erik Persoon, Co-owner at Forever Plants Group, former Vice Chairman at Flora Holland
  • The innovation agenda: Food & Biobased Research at Wageningen UR, by Nina Waldhauer
  • Palestinian Academic and Agribusiness Cooperation, introducing the new multi-stakeholder platform, by Mr Huub Mudde, MSM

Food Security Seminar 3 (15.30-16.30)

Post-harvest techniques and marketing. With a discussion facilitated by Mr Thameen Hijawi, Advisor to the Netherlands Representative Office, Ramallah, and three presentations:

  • The Netherlands High Value Crops programme, by Mr Azzam Saleh, FAO
  • Value Chain Analysis for Natural Ingredients for Food, Pharmaceuticals and Cosmetics in Palestine, by Mr Robbie Hogervorst, ProFound Consultants
  • Options for Netherlands – Palestinian cooperation on Food security, by Mr Diederik van Groen, Synergie Consultancy in International Cooperation and by Esther Koopmanschap, Centre for Development Innovation, Wageningen UR

Program of the Forum

The Food security seminars are part of a full day interesting program. In the morning, from 09.00, you will be able to get a good picture of the opportunities that the Palestinian market has to offer in the area of private sector development, including a presentation on the financial instruments that the Dutch government has to offer for doing business with the Palestinian Territories.
Prime Minister Rutte and Prime Minister Hamdallah will open the Forum which aims to deepen and broaden the relations between the Netherlands and the Palestinian Territories. A delegation of over 100 Palestinian representatives of businesses, knowledge institution and government bodies, led by President Abbas, will travel to the Netherlands. The forum provides an excellent opportunity for you to establish contacts with potential partners.

Registration

Participation is free of charge, but registration is compulsory. Please follow this link to register. 

Event Info

Event: Food Security Seminars Netherlands – Palestine

When: 29 October 2015

Where: World Hotel Bel Air, The Hague, the Netherlands

Organizer: Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maastricht School of Management

Website: http://www.rvo.nl/actueel/evenementen/samenwerkingsforum-smart-opportunities-dutch-palestinian-cooperation

 

7 Nov 2015 – Innovation in Tackling Food Waste Event

This joint Centre for Business in Society (CBiS) and ESRC Festival event will feature a number of presentations from academics and practitioners as well as opportunities for interactive discussion targeted towards organisations mitigating waste, catering and retail businesses, and anyone with an interest in the topic.

The event will:

  • Share findings on why individuals throw away food to help businesses better understand and adapt their practices to mitigate food waste.
  • Promote innovative and transferable strategies implemented to reduce and prevent food waste
  • Provide an opportunity for interactive discussion of the causes and solutions of food waste as well as networking, collaboration and development of further research priorities.

Jordon Lazell will be joined by Professor William Young (University of Leeds) to share findings on the causes of food waste at consumer level. Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from field practitioners; Sarah Bromley, Research Analyst at WRAP and Caitlin Shepard, Co-founder and Director of the award winning food waste campaign, This is Rubbish. Social innovators will also showcase their work with Alice Codsi discussing the Food Surplus Entrepreneur Network and Tessa Cook presenting the revolutionary new food sharing app OLIO.

Event Info

Event: Innovation in Tackling Food Waste

When: 9 November 2015: 09:30 – 16:00

Where: Coventry Simulation Centre – London, United Kingdom

Organizer: CBiS and ESRC

Website: foodwastestudies.com/

 

15 Oct 2015 – Fight Food Waste, Feed the Planet!

In the context of Expo Milano 2015, the European Commission organizes the international conference “Fight Food Waste, Feed the Planet”. The event aims to contribute to the setting of EU and global directions for food waste prevention, focusing in particular on the importance of effective inter-sector co-operation from farm to fork. The conference will gather EU and international policy makers as well as all stakeholders involved in the food chain – from industry to non-governmental organizations, the scientific community and consumers – in order to share achievements to date and foster an open and action-oriented debate.

About a third of all food produced globally for human consumption is lost or wasted – around 1.3 billion tonnes per year, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation. In the EU it is estimated that around 100 million tonnes of food are wasted annually in the EU. If nothing is done, food waste could rise to over 120 million tonnes by 2020.

Wasting food is not only an ethical and economic issue but it also depletes the environment of limited natural resources. All actors in the food chain have a role to play in preventing and reducing food waste whilst ensuring food safety from farm to fork.

The conference will seek to promote an integrated approach to food waste prevention and reduction involving all actors concerned. During the conference, interventions will be followed by an interactive panel session.

The event will be webstreamed as well as covered live on Twitter – follow @Food_EU and send your comments or questions using #EUStopFoodWaste (during the conference). We will pass them to the conference moderator and try to have them answered by the experts in the panels within the limit of available time. The link to the webstreaming will be added to this page in the coming days.

Event Info

Event: Fight Food Waste, Feed the Planet!

When: 15 October 2015

Where: Expo Conference Centre – Milan, Italy

Organizer: European Commission

Website: http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/health_food-safety/