LIFE FOSTER – Training, education and communication to reduce food waste in the food service industry

Presented by:

Monica Verzola

ENAIP NET

Co-financed by the EU Commission LIFE Programme and led by the Italian network for VET, ENAIP NET, the LIFE FOSTER project aims at reducing waste in the restaurant industry.

The project focuses on these main fields: TRAINING AND EDUCATION, PREVENTION AND COMMUNICATION.

The interconnection between environmental, social and economic dynamics identifies training and education as key instruments to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the UN.

The project is being implemented in the following countries: France, Italy, Malta, Spain.

LIFE FOSTER consists entirely of direct and indirect actions aimed at raising awareness about the problem of food waste and optimal food storage.

Since various initiatives have already been undertaken in several EU countries to raise awareness among citizens, producers, canteen and supermarkets, the LIFE FOSTER project has chosen to target the restaurant industry.

The main challenges that the project aims to face are increasing food waste awareness of large and differentiated groups of people – including policy makers, entrepreneurs and citizens –, train a great number of trainers and students, to adopt a sustainable behaviour, and replicate the experience in other geographical areas.

Life Foster will complement the other initiatives taken and will be able to fight and complete the missing chain link: downstream respect to producers and upstream respect to citizens.

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