Food waste research seeks participants

Food waste research seeks participants

A G20 group is looking for participants to share their expertise in a global research project targeting the reduction of food waste.

The G20 MACS (Meeting of Agricultural Chief Scientists) launched the Food Loss and Waste (FLW) research and development mapping exercise recently.

The G20 and other stakeholders have identified reducing FLW as a significant global challenge to ensure sufficient and healthy food supply into the future.

To address this, the 2015 annual MACS emphasised the importance of research to reduce FLW, and agreed to conduct a survey of current research and technology approaches to cut FLW throughout the whole food value chain in G20 countries and elsewhere.

The objective of this information platform is to generate a pool of FLW expert profiles and research activities, results and advanced technologies. Each scientist engaged in FLW research has the chance to entry their own expert profile as well as their corresponding projects.

To take part in the exercise:

  • visit the G20 Food Losses & Food Waste website
  • select Expert & Project Entry
  • register as a new user
  • select to enter an Expert Profile, ticking appropriate expertise boxes
  • finally, select to enter a Project, which could be any commercial or research uses of food loss and waste, such as developing fertilisers, extracting bioactives or utilising organic waste for bioenergy.

Participants needing any help with their registration can contact Dr Steve Lapidge at the South Australia R&D Institute (SARDI) – steven.lapidge@sa.gov.au – who is involved with the mapping exercise on behalf of Australia’s Agricultural Chief Scientist.

“Australian entries will be collated to look for research gaps that can be targeted to help develop the circular food economy in Australia and help reduce and transform food loss and waste,” said Steve.

Results will be published as a follow up article later in 2016.

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