Research need from Focus Group: Multi-actor ‘value chain approach’
Plant production and horticulture
This is the problem:
This need for research has been identified in FG 31 on “Reducing food loss on the farm”. If you want to know more about it, check the final report of the Focus Group.
A number of key research themes were identified to address mechanisms to reduce food loss and waste on the farm. Central to these is the need to take a multi-actor ‘value chain approach’ to research on this subject, with an integrated mix of researchers, businesses (large and SME) and the citizen (consumer). The suite of solutions required is multi-faceted and includes both technical and policy as a key driver of change in society. It is clear that a full-chain approach must be undertaken as on-farm losses are impacted by market ‘draw’ arising from the consumer and other post-consumer commercial valorisation businesses. The danger is that the waste becomes a product in its own right and ‘feeds’ a growing waste valorisation market (manifestation of the Jevons Effect).