Welcome to AgroCycle's Newsletter

AgroCycle is a European Commission Horizon 2020 funded project that will undertake a holistic analysis of agri-food waste value chains, from farm-to-table, including livestock and crop production, food processing and the retail sector. It will address a wide range of valorisation pathways, including: bio-fuels, high value-added biopolymers, energy and microbial fuel cells.

This Newsletter is to let you know what the AgroCycle project consortium have been up to and inform you of possible events that might be of interest to you around Europe. If you wish to unsubscribe at any time, there is a link at the bottom of the newsletter to allow you to do so.

What has our project and researchers been up to

From the 10th to the 12th October, Professor Shane Ward was delighted to represent AgroCycle at AIS 2017. The AIS 2017 is a joint initiative of a Portuguese Consortium, the Portuguese Government, the EIP-AGRI network and the European Network for Rural Development. It gathered in excess of 500 farmers, rural businesses, start-ups, RDP managing authorities, national rural networks, researchers, etc. More information on the event can be found here.

On the 16th October, Professor Shane Ward spoke at the Harnessing Research and Innovation for FOOD 2030
Science Policy Dialogue that took place in Brussels.
Shane represented AgroCycle at the Circularity & Resource Efficiency session that was held in the afternoon and you can watch the session here. More information on the event as well as access to the other sessions on the day, click here.

On the 17th October 2017, Vicky Wood, Harper Adams University, who is researching retail food waste as part of AgroCycle, was interviewed on BBC Radio Shropshire Breakfast programme. The radio show were running a feature on food waste and you can listening to Vicky's piece here from 1:36:50 to 1:40:48.

On the 17th October, we also held our Agri-Food Waste Day conference which was a joint venture with NoAW our joint conference with NoAW. We were delighted that the European Commission were in a position to host the conference at their Madou Building in Brussels. It was an excellent day that facilitated the unique opportunity to discuss our two H2020 funded projects. At the conference, we had a variety of speakers from across the Agri-Food chain as well as disseminating what both projects have been up to so far. 
The day provided the opportunity for high level discussion about agri-waste; agri-food waste; food waste management from farm to fork; the need for the circular economy; as well as the need for consistency in terminology.
If you would like to get access to the presentations on the day, they can be found here.

Monitoring EU Agri-Food Trade

The European Commission published an update on the performance of the agri-food exports in their latest monthly trade report. The report shows that agri-food exports increased in August this year, an 8% increase on August 2016. Imports have also increased but at a slower pace. 
The report also notes that the top 5 exports destinations for EU28 agri-food are currently:

  1. United States of America
  2. China
  3. Switzerland
  4. Russia
  5. Japan

Further information can also be found in the Commission's article:  "High performance of EU agri-food exports continues in latest trade report".

Horizon 2020 Work Programme

The European Commission published their draft Work Programmes for 2018-2020. The Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy can be accessed here.

Where to meet our researchers

Over the coming weeks and months, AgroCycle partners will be representing our project at the following events:

  • Professor Prof. Stefaan De Neve; Universiteit Gent

manuResource International Conference on Manure Management and valorization

  • Dr. Maria Cristina Righetti PhD; CNR - Istituto per i Processi Chimico-Fisici, UOS Pisa

Workshop on Innovative fully biodegradable mulching films & fruit protection bags for sustainable agricultural practise

Upcoming Events that might be of interest

International Conference 'Insects for food and feed: Opportunities for tackling societal challenges'
21 November 2017, from 9:00 to 18:00
Location: Brussels (venue to be confirmed)
EUBCE 2018
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