The European food waste prevention project, FUSIONS, announces the launch of seven social innovation feasibility studies to tackle food waste. The studies will bring people together to create solutions and take action.
Social innovation has the potential to complement existing research, technological and communications activities. The feasibility studies are being launched 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 feasibility studies are a tool to deliver real-world findings that are easily diffused. The UK partner, WRAP, is leading the work to identify, implement and evaluate the FUSIONS feasibility studies.
Seven feasibility studies
The call of FUSIONS for ideas resulted in thirty-nine proposals between February and November 2013. FUSIONS selected seven proposals. The feasibility studies will be coordinated by FUSIONS’ Partners in countries around Europe. Over the coming months, these projects will be supported and evaluated so that FUSIONS can discover the potential of social innovation, and some of the key barriers and opportunities to its delivery. More information can be found in the press release of FUSIONS.
FUSIONS (Food Use for Social Innovation by Optimising Waste Prevention Strategies) is working towards achieving a more resource efficient Europe by significantly reducing food waste. The project runs for 4 years, from August 2012 to July 2016, is funded by the European Commission framework programme 7 and coordinated by Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research.