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Partners in Food Solutions

PACE Partner DSM is contributing to the following Calls to Action from the Circular Economy Action Agenda for Food 

2. Scale productive and regenerative agriculture practices 

 

Ambition 

Partners in Food Solutions (PFS) aims to connect expertise with opportunity and to develop an underleveraged link in the food value chain - food processors and mills - to build and grow the entire African food economy. Implementing partners identify promising food companies in Africa and a network of world-class corporate volunteers provides them expertise, which ranges from facility design and product development to technical and business know-how. DSM has partnered with PFS to leverage DSM expertise and make an outsized impact on food security, nutrition and sustainable economic development in Africa while allowing DSM to develop the talents of current and future leaders through experience-based learning with African entrepreneurs.

 

Objectives 

In 2020, 61 DSM employees worked to address the holistic needs of 48 entrepreneurial food companies in ten countries. By sharing expertise, they were able to assist these entrepreneurs in strengthening their businesses, delivering around 7 billion servings of nutritious food, and supporting a supplier base of 243,000+ farmers. 

 

Partners 

DSM (Pace Partner) 

General Mills, Cargill, Buhler, Hershey, Ardent Mills, The J.M. Smucker Co. 

Engineering Materials Product Portfolio

PACE Partner DSM is contributing to the following Calls to Action from the Circular Economy Action Agenda for Food 

7. Reframe wasted food and byproducts as valuable resources

 

Ambition 

DSM has developed a portfolio of innovative engineering materials with the ambition of addressing the increasingly concerning issue of plastic pollution, help save energy, reduce reliance on fossil fuels and drastically reduce the carbon footprint of the products people use every day.  In particular, their EcoPaXX is a high-performance aliphatic, biobased polyamide made 70% from castor beans byproducts, which has been engineered for performance and with the objective of lowering the carbon footprint. 

 

Objectives for 2021 

Moving forward, DSM will continue to work with its partners to leverage emerging technologies and deliver a broader range of circular economy solutions. Their ambition is to offer bio- and/or recycled-based alternatives for our entire portfolio (containing at least 25% bio- and/or recycled-based content by weight in the final products) by 2030. 

 

Partners 

DSM (PACE Partner)

Circular Coffee from Peru: creating value across the chain

PACE Partner the Government of the Netherlands is contributing to the following Calls to Action from the Circular Economy Action Agenda for Food 

7. Reframe wasted food and byproducts as valuable resources

4. Better understand hotspots of food loss and waste

 

Ambition 

Circular Coffee from Peru: creating value across the chain is about promoting circular coffee cultivation practices in Peru. It aims to reduce the use of resources whilst creating an economically viable solution to manage waste material. In addition, this project increases food security by implementing an integral agricultural management system and producing fertilizer of the organic material which is currently discarded. Finally, the profits deriving from the recycling of used coffee grinds collected in the Netherlands will contribute to the creation of a circular coffee fund (CCF) that can be used as an agricultural loan for farmers in Peru. 

 

Objectives for 2021 

The objective is to stimulate upcycling of coffee waste in the Netherlands and Peru and create a Circular Coffee Fund for farmers for circular coffee practices. By training 1,600 farmers on circular coffee practices and implementation, this project introduces circularity principles in the coffee value chain from Peru to the Netherlands. Since its start in 2019, the Circular Coffee initiative has already led to a 20% increase in coffee production, a 10% income increase, an 80% water reduction, 1600 farmers trained on circular cultivation, and the upcycling of 2166 MT of coffee ground. 

 

Partners 

The Government of the Netherlands (PACE Partner)

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, Cuancas del Huallaga Asociacion de Productores Agropecuarios, Servicio Nacional Forestal y de Fauna Silvestre - SERFOR, Olam Agro Peru S.A.C., Solidaridad Peru, Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V., Stichting Solidaridad Nederland 

Build Back Better: Using Green and Digital Technologies to Reduce Food Waste at Consumer Level

PACE Partners IRP and UNEP are contributing to the following Calls to Action from the Circular Economy Action Agenda for Food 

4. Better understand hotspots of food loss and waste 

6. Increase investment in food loss and waste reduction 

7. Reframe wasted food and byproducts as valuable resources 

 

Ambition 

Build Back Better aims at supporting countries in harnessing green technologies to reduce food waste at consumer level and to Build Back Better from the COVID-19 pandemic. It contributes to the attainment of the SDGs and climate goals

 

Objectives for 2021 

Within Build Back Better, the objectives are threefold: 

  1. Diagnose the food waste problem in five cities (Bangkok, Kampala, Belgrade, Bogotá and Doha): working with local authorities to develop urban food waste baselines, supporting food waste measurement and undertaking local policy analysis and stakeholder mapping. 

  1. Understanding different enablers: analyzing different enablers and successful business models, proposing a tailored intervention package to address food waste issue at consumer level. 

  1. Engaging with target groups for change in policy, practice and behavior: devising strategies for engaging critical food behavior actors, translating related evidence into easily accessible communication materials, developing engagement and dissemination strategies and identifying partnerships for scaling up impacts. 

 

In 2021 a Global Report and five Regional Reports will be published. 

 

Partners 

IRP, UNEP (PACE Partners)

Global Opportunities for Sustainable Development Goals (GO4SDGs), One Planet Network, Sustainable Infrastructure Partnership (SIP), UNEP DTU Partnership (UDP), Climate Technology Centre & Network (CTCN) 

Regional Food Waste Working Groups

PACE Partners UNEP and WRAP are contributing to the following Calls to Action from the Circular Economy Action Agenda for Food 

4. Better understand hotspots of food loss and waste 

 

Ambition 

UNEP is launching Regional Food Waste Working Groups to support countries in regions where food waste data availability is lower on using the common methodology from the Food Waste Index Report for measuring food waste and tracking progress on UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 to halve food waste by 2030.

 

These Regional Working Groups on Food Waste aim to provide capacity building on the measurement and reduction of food waste, and peer-to-peer collaboration between countries as they tackle similar food waste reduction challenges. Moreover, they will increase understanding of food systems (drivers and impacts), and of relevant policies and initiatives to integrate sustainability across food systems. 

 

Objectives for 2021 

The objective is to ensure that middle- and low-income countries receive training on Food Waste Index approach to measure national food waste baselines and develop national food waste prevention strategies. To do so, over the coming year, UNEP together with technical partner WRAP will facilitate a series of workshops to help governments and relevant partners develop baselines for reporting on SDG 12.3 in 2022 and national food waste prevention strategies to coordinate action.  

 

Partners 

UNEP and WRAP (PACE Partners) 

One Planet Network- Programme on Sustainable food Systems and Governments in Asia Pacific, West Asia, Africa, and Latin America & the Caribbean 

Our Food Future

PACE Partner the Government of Canada is contributing to the following Calls to Action from the Circular Economy Action Agenda for Food 

10. Increase information accessibility and data utilization

7. Reframe wasted food and byproducts as valuable resources

4. Better understand hotspots of food loss and waste  

 

Ambition 

Through the initiative Our Food Future, the Canadian municipalities of Guelph and Wellington County aim to create the country’s first circular food economy by 2025 with three ambitious goals known as 50x50x50: (1) increase access to affordable, nutritious food by 50%, (2) create 50 new circular food businesses or collaborations, and (3) increase economic benefit by unlocking the value of waste by 50%.

 

Objectives for 2021  

In 2021, Guelph-Wellington will operationalize technology and use of data to support circular business models. Building on the work of Our Food Future, the Circular Opportunity Innovation Launchpad (COIL) was launched to help entrepreneurs, established businesses and social enterprises launch and scale innovative, sustainable products and business models. This program will accelerate an additional 45 businesses, launch 5 industrial-scale demonstration projects, deliver 3 innovation challenges and build momentum around ReSource Exchange, a business-to-business marketplace for end-of-life products/by-products that would otherwise go to waste. 

 

Partners 

The Government of Canada (PACE Partner) 

 

Municipalities of Guelph and Wellington County, Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, Next Generation Manufacturing Canada, 10C, Innovation Guelph, University of Guelph (Arrell Food Institute), Conestoga College, Ontario Agri-Food Technologies, Alectra Utilities, Provision Coalition, The SEED (Guelph Community Health Centre), Toward Common Ground, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, Smart Prosperity Institute (University of Ottawa), Western University Ivey School of Business, Circular Innovation Council, Circular Leadership Council, MARS, Dillon Consulting and Metabolic.

 

 

Food Waste Reduction Challenge

PACE Partner the Government of Canada is contributing to the following Calls to Action from the Circular Economy Action Agenda for Food 

6. Increase investment in food loss and waste reduction 

7. Reframe wasted food and byproducts as valuable resources 

8. Facilitate secondary market development and access 

 

Ambition  

An initiative under the Food Policy for Canada, the $20-million Food Waste Reduction Challenge was launched in November 2020 to accelerate and advance diverse and high-impact solutions to food waste in Canada. Funding will be awarded to innovators with business model solutions that can prevent or divert food waste at any point from farm-to-plate, as well as to new technologies that extend the life of food or transform food waste into new foods or value-added products. 

 

Objectives for 2021  

The challenge is divided into four streams: 

  • Streams A and B focus on solutions that are ready for commercialization and that provide an innovative “way of doing business” (i.e. business model) to reduce food waste across any or multiple stages of the food supply chain. Successful solutions will have a high impact in reducing the volume of food waste in absolute (total volume of food saved) or relative terms (percentage of food saved). Semi-Finalists have been announced in spring 2021 and have received approximately $100,000 and the chance to advance to stage 2 ending in spring 2022. 

  • Streams C and D focus on the life of food or transform food waste. They fund technologies that are at the prototype and testing phases to improve their effectiveness and make them ready for market within the next two years. Applications for these streams will be open until August 31st 2021.  

 

Partners 

The Government of Canada (PACE Partner) 

Cooperation for Reduced Food Waste (Samarbete för minskat matsvinn)

PACE Partner IVL is contributing to the following Calls to Action from the Circular Economy Action Agenda for Food 

4. Better understand hotspots of food loss and waste 

6. Increase investment in food loss and waste reduction 

 

Ambition 

The Cooperation for Reduced Food Waste is a Swedish voluntary agreement between food value chain actors to collaborate with a shared goal of reducing food waste and food loss. They work together to identify where food waste and food losses occur and what causes them. In this way, the problems can be remedied and the solutions spread to more actors. 

 

Objectives for 2021 

The project objective is reached within three working groups, all currently operative: (1) the first focuses on finding a mutual way to measure food waste and losses from the whole food chain, and collecting data from all project members, (2) the second group aims to set measurable targets for the sector, and (3) the third group collectively look at mitigation measures to reduce food waste and losses based on research and results from the data collection within the project.  

In June 2021, the first Annual Report has been published. In 2021, members will continue to submit the measurements to evaluate the method and a handbook for reducing food waste and loss in the private sector will be published.  

 

Partners 

IVL (PACE Partner) 

Arla, Norrmejerier, Orkla Foods Sverige, LRF, Menigo, Jordbruksverket (Agriculture Ministry), Livsmedelsverket (Swedish Food Agency), Compass Group, Martin & Severa, Linas Matkasse, Coop, Paulig, Potatisodlarna (Potato Growers Association=, Svenska Köttforetagen (Swedish Meat Industry Association), Naturvårdsverket (Swedish Environment Ministry=, Visita, Sodexo, Livsmedelsföretagen (Food Industry Association), COOR, Kronfågel 

Global Future Council on Japan - Food working group

PACE Partners the Center for Global Commons and the World Economic Forum are contributing to the following Calls to Action from the Circular Economy Action Agenda for Food 

1. Enable transitions to planetary health diets 

2. Scale productive and regenerative agriculture practices 

 

Ambition 

The Global Future Council on Japan brought together a multi-stakeholder expert group to formulate a new vision and path for Japan’s sustainable transition. In its 2020-2021 term, the Council will focus on two working groups: (1) Food and (2) Circular Economy. 

The Food working group aims at identifying the key ingredient to move forward the food industry's circular transition, including the entire value chain, in Japan and the Asian region, together with in-country partners. 

 

Objectives for 2021 

Its objectives are: (1) Policy suggestion, pointing out top priority domestic issues, (2) Dissemination to the international community and (3) creating opportunities for accelerating Public-Private partnership or inter-corporate collaboration. 

 

Partners 

Center for Global Commons – University of Tokyo and the World Economic Forum (PACE Partners) 

In-country partners

 

Champions 12.3

PACE Partners World Resources Institute, DSM, Rabobank, UNEP, Unilever, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, WWF and WRAP are contributing to the following Calls to Action from the Circular Economy Action Agenda for Food

4. Better Understand Hotspots of Food Loss and Waste 

5. Integrate Food Loss and Waste More Broadly in the SDG Agenda 

 

Ambition 

The Champions 12.3 coalition of global leaders is committed to inspiring ambition, mobilizing action and accelerating progress toward achieving SDG Target 12.3 by 2030.

The Champions are committed to:  

  1. Meeting SDG Target 12.3 

  1. Leading by example on how to reduce food loss and waste 

  1. Showcasing successes and communicating the importance of food loss and waste reduction 

  1. Advocating for improving the enabling conditions for reducing food loss and waste 

  1. Acting together to solve specific challenges facing the food loss and waste reduction movement 

 

Objectives for 2021 

In 2021, the Champions will particularly encourage countries to include food loss and waste in their NDCs, as this is a major contributor to global emissions. 

 

Partners 

World Resources Institute, DSM, Rabobank, UNEP, Unilever, WBCSD, WWF, WRAP (PACE Partners) 

Ministry of Agriculture and Food Quality of the Netherlands 

See the full list of Champions