FLAVOUR

Food surplus and labour, the valorisation of underused resources

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Social innovation

Overview

The project’s main objective is to create a socially innovative (business) model to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of services dealing with food surplus in order to give an answer to the territorial challenge of the availability of large amounts of food surplus still fit for human consumption, whilst creating jobs/pathways to employment for citizens with low access to the labour market. Where possible, the model supports people in food insecurity. The change to the current situation is to: 1) create job opportunities/skills for employment for people far from the labour market in handling food surplus for human consumption; 2) create systems covering a larger region for effective food surplus collection and redistribution 3) process new marketable food products made out of food surplus 4) get more fresh and healthy food to people in food insecurity. We have found already 10 partners in all 4 countries (UK, FR, NL, BE). We are looking for additional interested project partners in the Netherlands or interested observer partners in the UK or France to join this project.

Creation date: 09/10/2017

Bloc onglets

Description
Bloc 1

Overall objective

The project’s main objective is to create a socially innovative (business) model to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of services dealing with food surplus in order to give an answer to the territorial challenge of the availability of large amounts of food surplus still fit for human consumption, whilst creating jobs/pathways to employment for citizens with low access to the labour market. Where possible, the model supports people in food insecurity. Food surplus here means edible leftovers and residual streams from agriculture at any level of the food chain, excluding the household level.

Bloc 2

Outputs

The project contains 3 specifiec objectives and 8 outputs: Spec. Obj.1: To create cooperation, coordination and alignment between services for maximum collection, storage and redistribution of food surplus Output1: Demonstration actions on how to set up a centre for effective collection and distribution of food surplus that create (pathways to) employment O2: Feasibility study on how a distribution centres’ network, including country side, cities and harbours, can foster the creation of a new activity sector. O3:Pilots enhancing alignment and cooperation in order to strengthen the network, increase the amount of food surplus collected and reduce the logistical costs. O4: Feasibility study on adapting national and European policy framework in order to promote food surplus services that create (pathways to) employment. Spec. Obj.2: To enable larger amounts of food surpluses to be processed for human consumption: preparation for preservation and/or transformation in new products O5: Pilots and feasibility studies on preparing large amounts of food surplus for better/longer preservation (freezing …) and on transformation into new products (soups, new recipes …) while creating job opportunities. O6: Feasibility study on how processing larger amounts of food surplus can reduce costs and create job opportunities compared to smaller amounts. Spec. Obj. 3: To develop skills training transforming the specificities of working with food surpluses into assets for the labour market and for social integration O7: Development of a training programme to promote skills for food surplus handling and processing, with attention for vulnerable unemployed people. And testing on how it can be used/implemented in the different territories. O8: Demonstration actions on how to use the training programme, the practical and organisational aspects and the benefits.

Bloc 3

Expected result

The change to the current situation is to: 1) create job opportunities/skills for employment for people far from the labour market in handling food surplus for human consumption; 2) create systems covering a larger region for effective food surplus collection and redistribution 3) process new marketable food products made out of food surplus 4) get more fresh and healthy food to people in food insecurity. Concrete results by the end of the project: - 500 persons from target group be trained on employability and 100 new jobs created - 20 (social) enterprises started to distribute and/or process food surplus - 5.000 tons of food surplus distributed, of which 2000 ton is processed We have baseline info for each area on the current weight of surplus food that is redistributed and the current number of jobs in this sector that will be used to measure progress.

Bloc 4

Cross-border added-value

In all countries of the 2Seas-area there are huge amounts of food surpluses, while at the same time a growing number of people are social-economically vulnerable (unemployed, living in food insecurity …). We want social innovative business models developed to use large amounts of food surplus for human consumption to be well-functioning in the whole area, with country specific adaptations depending on relevant context factors. Since the 2 Seas-area includes major ports, special emphasis will be given to food surplus from and cooperation with companies operating in the harbours. We want to study and test the possibility of cross-border cooperation. Eg. What are the legal aspects concerning logistical transfers of food surplus from one country to another in the 2seas-area. We want to build common policy recommendations to create a favorable policy framework on national and principally on European level promoting efficient and effective food surplus services that create (pathways to) employment.