FFAR Call for Proposals: Food Waste and Loss Challenge

The FFAR Food Waste and Loss Challenge Area aims to address the social, economic, and environmental impacts from food waste and food loss. There are tremendous opportunities to influence economic impacts and environmental consequences through reclamation of agricultural products that are lost along the entire food chain. This Challenge Area targets innovative research that includes, but is not limited to, developing novel uses for agricultural waste, improving storage and distribution that leads to food loss reduction, developing tracking and monitoring, minimizing spoilage through pre- and post-harvest innovation, and changing behavior to reduce food waste.

While FFAR will not seek to limit pre-proposals to specific target areas within food waste and loss, we encourage applications that address the following research topics:

Innovative technologies to:
Enable secondary uses of waste streams
Improve or extend shelf life of food
Convert by-products generated on farm into new value-added products
Dynamic processing/distribution--research on (1) overcoming logistical barriers (e.g., sanitary design of waste stream handling and cold chain optimization for the small producer – scale processing); (2) opportunities for improving the supply chain to deliver better quality and more personalized products.

Establishment of consistent food loss and waste measurement across and within the food supply chain through a Gold Standard Measurement System and Digital Architecture (reporting tools, tracking & monitoring, etc.) to (1) provide actionable data for stakeholders in the food system to inform decision making in food waste prevention, and (2) help policy makers to assess community-wide progress and progress toward policy goals.
Food waste reduction solutions (prevention, donation, by-product utilization) result in net-positive environmental, economic, and social benefits, and in what context.
Dynamics of the food system and/or strategies to reduce food in one portion of the supply chain and their potential impact on other areas of the chain (e.g., economic, food availability, life cycle environmental impact).

Deadline for the submission of the Pre-proposals: April 18, 2018 at 4:59:59 PM ET

Illustration Photo: Brazilian company BB Grupo offers products molded from recycled plastic blended with coconut husks discarded from the food industry, waste wood shavings from the furniture industry, and upcycled plastics from the interiors of Tetra Pak packaging. (credits: Inhabitat / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

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