Our programs | Fight Food Waste CRC
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Our three research and development programs will deliver:

  • New sources of revenue and market growth for food companies
  • Less wasted resources through the supply chain from grower to consumer
  • Less food waste ending up in landfill
  • More donated food to feed hungry Australians.


Reducing Supply Chain Losses

Program Activities
  • Map resource flows, waste and root cause analysis
  • Review functions and consumer perceptions of packaging and processing
  • Investigate product specific supply chains and identify opportunities
  • Investigate methods to increase food donation and measure its social impact
Program Impacts
  • More efficient supply chain management practice.
  • Better understanding by the consumer of the role of packaging in reducing food waste.
  • Longer shelf life for food products.
  • Lower volumes of food wastage.
  • Ability to access new markets for Australian food.
  • Less packaging in landfill.
  • Additional 20M kg pa of rescued food distributed.
  • 2,600 welfare agencies supported.
  • Reduction in number of hungry people turned away from welfare agencies.
  • $136M pa social return on investment.
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and landfill costs.


Transforming Waste Resources

Program Activities
  • Identify and prioritise valuable products from waste streams
  • Identify technology gaps and process limitations in waste transformation
  • Deliver tool kit for optimising technology and feedstock combination choice
  • Conduct socio-economic assessment of alternative policy settings
  • Program Impacts
  • Innovative new food products from surplus food.
  • Health benefits from bioactives and functional foods.
  • At least 87 GL of water savings through recovery and reuse.
  • At least 30M tonnes in reduced food waste. 5,200 jobs (direct and indirect), most in rural areas.
  • $600M reduction of waste produce and waste handling costs.
  • A saving of at least 44M tonnes of greenhouse gases emitted over 10 years.

    Program Leader: Francsesca Goodman-Smith (University of Queensland, Brisbane)


    Education and Behavioural Change

    Program Activities
    • Educate future industry professionals
    • Disseminate industry and skills training
    • Develop household and business behaviour change instruments
    Program Impacts
    • Future industry professionals, including at least 30 PhD and 12 Masters graduates in a rapidly growing field.
    • New industry training packages and tools.
    • Up-skill industry through an extensive extension network involving many peak industry associations and institutes.
    • Unite existing household and business food waste behaviour change activities in Australia while learning from the best WRAP (UK) who have saved UK consumers at least £13 billion.


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