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LOWINFOOD a organisé un atelier sur le renforcement des capacités les 18 et 19 octobre 2023. L'AREFLH y participait.

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The LowinFood project focuses on “Multi-actor design of low-waste food value chains through the demonstration of innovative solutions to reduce food loss and Waste”. LOWINFOOD supports the reduction of the loss and waste in the European Union by demonstrating innovative solutions following a multi-actor approach that involves actors along the entire value chain.  


In the framework of the project AREFLH has participated on 18-19 October 2023 in the workshop organized by the partner Emilia-Romagna Region. It was held in Bologna. The capacity-building training workshop aim was to disseminate in Europe an innovative model already successfully implemented and in continuous evolution.

The project is aimed at enhancing the experience gained in Emilia-Romagna through the development and use of the S.I.R. (Sistema Informatico Ritiri, that is IT withdrawal system in English). The software platform allows managing fresh fruit and vegetable products surplus, which is collocated through the measure of “withdrawals from the market” and distributed to charities. It is considered extremely avant-garde in the European panorama.  


During the two-days workshop, participants were shown how the S.I.R platform works and attended field demonstrations of the whole process, in view of a possible application in Romania, with the hope that it could become a case study to be replicated in the other countries.  


The workshop presented the S.I.R web application that allows to increase the amount of products distributed, over 90% of the total amount of withdrawals work in Romania (figures and product variety), and  

Then each players* in the process explained the benefits of this system and how completing digitalization helped to improve it and to allow more low-income families to introduce fresh fruit and vegetables in their diet.  


Furthermore, one section of the workshop was dedicated to live demo of the SIR platform: the Romania delegation had the opportunity to test the programme. Each participant of the delegation could use a different specific profile (authority, producer organizations and charity, all being beneficiaries of the process).   


* Region, producer organizations, charities, the agro-food centers that provide important logistic support through their facilities and their expertise 


To know more click here and read the article on the LowinFood website.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No.101000439

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