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Zero Hunger Lab awarded EUR 500,000 for food waste research

Published: 02nd June 2021 Last updated: 02nd June 2021

Under the Farm to Fork Strategy of the EU’s Horizon 2020 instrument, the European Commission has awarded EUR 12 million to the research program ZeroW: Systemic Innovations Towards a Zero Food Waste Supply Chain. A consortium of 43 parties, one of which is Tilburg University, is poised to study how food waste in the food chain can be drastically reduced.

The objective of the EU Farm to Fork Strategy is to halve food loss and food waste by 2030 and to achieve near-zero loss and waste by 2050. ZeroW aims to play a key role in this transition, and the consortium partners intend to launch pilot projects to show how to prevent food waste. The partners include innovative start-ups that design alternative food strategies, such as growing algae as a source of nutrients. Other partners will address policy-related aspects, such as Europe’s agricultural policy.

Zero Hunger Lab

Tilburg University’s Zero Hunger Lab will be working together with Wageningen University in two projects:

  1. Together with the food banks they will study how all surplus food in supermarkets can be supplied to the food banks.
  2. Together with the Netherlands Nutrition Center they will study how the food pyramid of healthy food can be supplemented with a food pyramid of sustainable, ecologically sound food.

For these two projects, two PhD students will be appointed.

The application procedure for this grant drew a response from 56 parties. ‘It is wonderful that the grant was awarded to this project. It scored highest with the assessment committee on all criteria: excellence, impact, quality, and implementation efficiency’, says Frans Cruijssen (TiSEM), who prepared the grant application on behalf of Tilburg University.