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Waste is produced across food, energy, and water systems. At the interface of these systems, excess waste production significantly increases the over-consumption of our limited resources. The international and collaborative WASTE FEW ULL project aims to create an impact-led public education, dissemination, and outreach campaign to reduce waste production and promote efficient use of resources. The project is funded in the SUGI Nexus call.
In Rotterdam, the entrepreneurs in BlueCity form the focus of a study to examine existing and potential markets for products from food waste, thus tackling environmental issues around food waste, its generation and reuse.
Sao Paulo examines the issue from an agroecological standpoint, around local cooperatives as the market, and protection of livelihoods, but also protection of the Atlantic Rainforest.
The Western Cape ULL specifically tackles unemployment, particularly of vulnerable groups by investigating the potential of initiating small market opportunities for locally produced food by informal settlement residents, and its economic feasibility.
Research groups in the UK, the Netherlands, South Africa, Brazil, the USA, and Norway collaborate to develop internationally applicable solutions through the understanding of different pressures and opportunities in distinct urban contexts. This is important for identifying processes by which stakeholders can diagnose, test and scale viable and feasible solutions that reduce the most pressing inefficiencies in each context. Resource scarcity is not only a matter of efficiency, but of access, distribution, and equality. The international character of this project sets it up uniquely to tackle factors relating to global inequality and access.