Food Banks Systems Across Western Balkans During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Petrevska Nechkoska, Renata and Bogdanoska Jovanovska, Mimoza and Kostoska, Olivera (2021) Food Banks Systems Across Western Balkans During The Coronavirus Pandemic. In: XVI. IBANESS Congress Series on Economics, Business and Management, September 11-12, 2021, Istanbul / Turkey.

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Within the ancient paradigm with a new name - Circular Economy (CE), based on the ‘principles of designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems’, food production and reduction of represent an inevitable pillar. The circular business models ought to be following the principles that: (1) waste no longer exists, (2) biological materials are renewable, however, technological are not - therefore should be recycled, (3) try to reuse the product as a whole, and if that is impossible, then parts of the products, or eventually recycle materials, (4) first repair, then reuse, then refurbish, then recycle and (5) make use of renewable energy. The EU produced ‘Closing the loop – An EU action plan for the circular economy’ and (among other) worked to develop a common EU methodology & stakeholders platform to measure food waste and define relevant indicators (addressed further more in the analysis and recommendations in this work); clarify EU legislation relating to waste, food and feed and facilitate food donation and the use of former foodstuff and by-products from the food chain in feed production without compromising food and feed safety; and examine ways to improve the use of date marking by actors in the food chain and its understanding by consumers, in particular the "best before" label complementary also to the Waste Framework Directive and Programmes.. Finally, the European Union in the European Green Deal sees itself both as global leader and facilitator of a just transition - leaving no one behind, having one of its core elements From Farm to Fork Strategy, focusing on a fair, healthy and environmentally friendly food system. Our motivation is to inspire food banks mechanisms as societal necessity and ambition, and align them with food waste prevention on global, regional and local level, and not vice-versa, generating careless food waste that can be somewhat prevented by giving to the poor. The main subject of interest, that is food banks and food waste prevention, aligns directly with SDG 1 aiming to ‘End poverty in all its forms everywhere’, SDG 2 ‘End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture’ and SDG 12 ‘Responsible consumption and production (through target 12.3 aiming to half global per capita food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses; and target 12.5 by substantially reducing waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse) by 2030.
Keywords: Food Banks Systems, Western Balkans, Coronavirus Pandemic.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Economics and Business
Divisions: Faculty of Information and Communication Technologies
Depositing User: Prof. dr. Mimoza Bogdanoska Jovanovska
Date Deposited: 19 May 2022 08:55
Last Modified: 19 May 2022 08:55

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