FOOD WASTE AND SOCIAL INNOVATION
An important aspect of FUSIONS is to identify solutions and test socially innovative projects to reduce food waste across all stages of the food chain.
To do so, FUSIONS has set up an online and collaborative Inventory of Social Innovation Projects, which links to projects focused on reducing food waste so that good practices can be shared. Socially innovative projects are presented either by country or by food chain sectors (farming; processing; retail; household).
FUSIONS has also launched seven feasibility studies to test how social innovation can be used to tackle food waste, from using the internet to connect those with surplus food to those who need it, through to arranging community-based food preservation events. The panel of selected initiatives is wide in their content, public and purpose; it stretches from raising household and child awareness (e.g. Cr-EAT-ive Schools) to social supermarkets (Advancing Social Supermarkets).
The FUSIONS report “How can social innovation help reduce food waste?” gives details about social innovation initiatives presented in the inventory.