|01.05.2017: Innovation Accelerator
The World Food Programme (WFP) Innovation Accelerator identifies, nurtures and scales bold solutions to fight hunger globally; it is identifying and testing solutions in an agile way. At the moment there are 22 projects listed across 14 countries (LINK)
The European Retail Academy supports the penetration of Anti-Food Losses/-Waste activities around the world like via its special site Global Green University, its e-learning Food Waste Management (Download eBook), participation at the 1st pan-African Postharvest Loss Congress (News at ABF) and at the 3rd World Save Food Conference at the Interpack Exhibition in Duesseldorf/Germany coming on 4.05.17 (LINK).
|10.04.2017: Maturity Model
Based on the "Collaboration"-workshop of January 2017 (see also ERM-News) now a draft-model to optimize the Total Supply Chain has been designed and will be discussed in a follow-up Meeting in the end of June in Hamburg.
Due to its importance for the sector the group has decided to use this draft (Download the Draft) as an open-platform for discussions at University Chairs or within companies along the chain from farm to fork. The assessment of those groups about the practicability, relevance and value of the model can be sent to Colin Peacock.
|06.03.2017: Challenge Food Waste
In the beginning of the 21st century due to global mass distribution the world is divided into countries with affluent society and poor countries where 80 percent of the children suffer from hunger. The explosion of population numbers will widen this gap - in the year 2050 about 40 percent more food is needed! If production at the best would keep its present volume, the prices for food will increase and the poorest of the poor will suffer even more. Research about the food distribution shows that at the moment nearly the same rate of food products is wasted as crop on the fields, due to insufficient storing and transportation, lack of processing, within the distribution and at the consumer level. Theoretically the gap between available food and demand could be closed by a better transfer of know-how and a change of consumer habits.
The first African Postharvest Congress organized under the leadership of the University of Nairobi/Kenya (Web Page) will bring together worldwide experts of the agriculture, processing, and total supply chain to work on solutions of this problem. The exhibition of the IKV-Club of international artists (Web Page) in the Museum of Nairobi wants to support the awareness for Food Waste as a challenge by joint exhibits of African and German artists. Moreover, a painting session with children of the Shangilia-slum is planned.
|06.02.2017: Wangari Maathai
Wangari Muta Maathai (1940-2011) was born in South of Nairobi/Kenya. After school she got stipends for the USA and Germany. In 1971 she was the first woman getting a PhD at the University of Nairobi - becoming there a professor in the same year.
In 1977 she founded the Green Belt Movement, which became a pan-African platform being in 13 countries, starting 600 tree-nurseries, which planted 30 million trees against soil-erosion till 1993. In 2003 Maathai became Deputy Minister for the Environment; in 2004 she got the Peace Nobel Award for sustainable development, peace and democracy.