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.


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/


4-7 Oct 2015 – International Congress on Postharvest Loss Prevention

This congress will assess the challenges associated with postharvest loss within the framework of metrics and measurements. The focus is to enable the development of better tools and interventions to prevent postharvest loss for smallholders in developing countries. The event will provide networking opportunities for professionals from academic, governments, non-governmental organizations, foundations, and private entities. This high-level coalition of diverse professionals will create a roadmap for postharvest loss prevention by formulating needs and plans for future actions towards a global consensus on measurement and mitigation approaches.

The proposed congress is a first-of-its kind, high-level forum on postharvest loss prevention. Participating partners and organizations will have the opportunity to exchange ideas, technologies, policies, and postharvest loss implementation issues, as well as formulate needs and plans for future actions.

The purpose of this international conference is to:

  1. raise awareness of the significance of postharvest losses with reference to global hunger issues,
  2. provide a common platform for the exchange of knowledge and information on the current status of postharvest loss interventions,
  3. share knowledge, information, and ideas on the adaptability of postharvest loss intervention plans, practices, and policies,
  4. share success stories and current initiatives from key partners in mitigating postharvest loss issues,
  5. create a global coalition for elevating and addressing immediate needs to solve postharvest loss problems,
  6. create partnerships for resource allocation and management for postharvest loss reduction,
  7. and develop action plans for mitigating postharvest losses.

Event Info

Event: International Congress on Postharvest Loss Prevention

When: 4-7 October 2015

Where: Auditorium Antonianum – Rome, Italy

Organizer: CBiS and ESRC

Website: phlcongress.illinois.edu/