Combating Food-Waste in China

In China, there are 500 cities (including several megacities) that waste about 50 tons of food every day, and that number is rising. The world population is growing, and megacities are emerging. The quest for sustainable food solutions becomes urgent for food security. We are talking about an amount of food, produced by post-consumer food waste, to feed over 15% of the country’s population.  

 Reducing the amount of food waste by 50% for a megacity like Shanghai means almost 4 million extra people can be fed thereby increasing the efficiency of its food system. Considering the current value of food, a city the size of Shanghai can be seen as an industry wasting roughly 20 billion euro each year.  

Therefore, on Wednesday July 15th 2020 Dr2 New Economy & Dr2 Consultants Shanghai together with the Dutch government will organize a webinar to introduce the opportunities for Dutch businesses in this sector. The aim of this digital session is to explore how Dutch innovations in the agricultural sector, food waste management sector, and retail sector (f&b) can contribute in this matter for China. 

 The digital session will be moderated by Marieke van der Werf, partner & director of Dr2 New Economy with an exciting speaker line-up including:  

  • Bart Pauwels I&W counselor Wouter Verhey LNV counselor from the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Beijing 
  • Björn Ooms, Senior Policy Officer from the Consulate General of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Shanghai 
  • Wenfeng Hu, Associate Professor South China Agricultural University
  • Maarten Beelen, Head of Sustainable Business Development Sector Management from Rabobank China

 Are you actively involved in the food-waste or waste-management sector in The Netherlands and interested to be part of the developments in China regarding circular economy? Please read more here and register for the webinar.