In LOWINFOOD, a multi-actor approach is used to trigger the adoption of effective innovations against FLW in selected food value chains. It integrates 27 partners from several disciplines, as the study and implementation of solutions against food loss and waste requires. Engineers, environmental scientists, economists and human geographers are all included among the scientific partners of the project. Start-ups providing the innovations and companies working in the food sector are also included in the consortium to support the demonstration process with their action and their practical expertise. Regional and local governments, as well as associations representing specific sectors of the food chain and from the civil society will directly contribute to the demonstration of some innovations and will act as multipliers in the dissemination of the project results.
A deep involvement of stakeholders is sought throughout LOWINFOOD to foster the process of knowledge exchange among actors and to jointly design the methodology to assess the efficacy of the innovations. Such methodology should be scientifically sound but also feasible and highly replicable, therefore requiring the contribution of experts and researchers together with actors operating within the value chains, including producers (farmers and fishing companies), processors, retailers, catering companies, public institutions and consumers.
An External Advisory Board is also participating in LOWINFOOD, and its main function is the evaluation of project progress and providing guidance throughout the duration of the project. It is committed to evaluate the progress made during the project, give recommendations for further actions for consideration to the project consortium, facilitate a dialogue with wider community and companies. Three international experts of food waste are joining the External Advisory Board (see below).