LIFE-FOODWASTEPREV - Food waste prevention in the food chain to support the implementation of the 7th Environment Action Programme

LIFE15 GIE/HU/001048

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Contact details:

Contact person: Gyula Kasza
Tel: 36204548418
Email: kaszagy@nebih.gov.hu

Project description:


The EU Roadmap for a resource-efficient Europe programme has identified food production and consumption as key sectors where resource efficiency should be improved. This initiative is aimed at the whole food supply chain with the ambition of significantly reducing the disposal of edible food waste in the EU by 2020. The European Commission calls for close cooperation between stakeholders, experts and Member States in developing good practices and sharing experiences on this issue. In line with the requirements of the Waste Framework Directive, Hungary has developed a National Waste Management Plan for 2014-2020.

To support these efforts, the NFCSO is drafting a national food waste strategy for Hungary. According to recent calculations, households play the most significant role among all food chain stakeholders, with a share of 30-42% of total food waste generated. In recent studies, the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations) and UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) estimate the quantity of food waste generated in Hungarian households to be 39 kg per capita, or 385 000 tonnes/year in total.


The LIFE-FOODWASTEPREV project aims to change attitudes to food waste in Hungary, leading to a reduction in the quantity of such waste generated by Hungarian households. Specific objectives are as follows:

  • To raise awareness about food waste among primary school children;
  • To establish four working groups to develop good practices for stakeholders in the food chain;
  • To feed conclusions from the working groups into the legislative process on food waste;
  • To network with other EU countries to learn from their experiences of food waste prevention campaigns; and
  • To widely disseminate the results of the project by networking with organisations across the EU.
  • Expected results The project expects to achieve the following results:

  • A reduction in the quantity of food waste generated in Hungary by 4 kg per person per year (to 35 kg per capita per year);
  • To reach 9.1 million citizens with the project’s food waste prevention communication campaign;
  • 5 000 schoolchildren to participate in a food waste prevention competition called the NFSCO School Programme. The four most outstanding classes in the competition (approximately 120 pupils) will be invited to participate in a summer camp as a reward;
  • As part of its educational outreach, the project will develop a textbook and activities for pupils and lesson plans for teachers. At least 200 teachers will take part in the project;
  • Creation of four working groups to develop good practices for stakeholders. Trade associations will participate in the working groups, which will draft guidance documents for distribution to at least 230 food chain operators;
  • Networking with at least 60 experts, including through attendance at relevant conferences and seminars; and
  • Networking with international organisations and food chain operators to discuss legal frameworks for the handling and reuse of food waste.



Environmental issues addressed:


Information - Governance - Awareness raising - Information
Information - Governance - Improved legislative compliance and enforcement
Waste - Bio-waste (including food waste)


environmental education‚  public awareness campaign‚  waste reduction

Target EU Legislation

  • Waste
  • Directive 2008/98 - Waste and repealing certain Directives (Waste Framework Directive) (19.11.200 ...
  • COM(2014)398 - "Towards a circular economy: a zero waste programme for Europe" (02.07.2014)

Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable



Coordinator National Food Chain Safety Office
Type of organisation National authority
Description The National Food Chain Safety Office (NFCSO) is a public body responsible for the whole food chain from soil, agricultural production and food processing to the retail and catering sectors.
Partners None


Project reference LIFE15 GIE/HU/001048
Duration 07-JUL-2016 to 30-JUN -2020
Total budget 964,468.00 €
EU contribution 578,680.00 €
Project location Kozep-Magyarorszag(Hungary Magyarország) Kozep-Dunantul(Hungary Magyarország) Nyugat-Dunantul(Hungary Magyarország) Del-Dunantul(Hungary Magyarország) Eszak-Magyarorszag(Hungary Magyarország) Eszak-Alfold(Hungary Magyarország) Del-Alfold(Hungary Magyarország) Extra-Regio(Hungary Magyarország) Associated Hungary (H)(Hungary Magyarország)


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