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IDEAS COMPETITION
TO FIGHT FOOD LOSSES AND FOOD WASTE
Did you know that one-third of the world's food production is either lost or wasted?

Develop an inspiring idea to help solving these issues.
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Ideas competition to fight food losses and food waste

Did you know that one-third of the world's food production is either lost or wasted? That's over 1.3 billion tons! This problem calls for action and we need your help. Our Common Food is a competition looking for the best practical ideas to solve the problems of food losses and food waste in both Switzerland and developing countries.

Under the Patronage of:
Swiss National FAO Committee

Swiss Agency



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And the winners are

Irene

1. The best idea fighting postharvest losses in developing countries is from:

Irene Njeri Githinji, University of Nairobi, Kenya

A village based "grain bank" - a facility offering quality grain handling and storing services to rural small holder farmers in Kenya.

Fabian

2. The best idea fighting food waste in Switzerland is from:

Loic Leray und Fabian Schweizer, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Cloud kitchen: less food waste through smart consumption - an innovative mobile and web-based application informing consumers of the contents of their fridge in order to help them not to buy too much and reduce food waste at home.

Anna

3. The best idea according to the public is from:

Anna Beerli and Coralinne Praz, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Rest-Au-Rad - a bike delivery courier to collect the leftovers of cooked fresh food from the food service (e.g. restaurants, catering) and deliver these to people in need in big cities of Switzerland.


We received in total 54 applications – 25 of them fighting postharvest losses, the other 29 fighting food waste. The jury, composed of 7 people, had the task on the 4th of September 2013, to select 3 finalists of each category (a total of 6). The decision was so difficult to take, that the jury decided to have 4 finalists to each category, 8 in total.

The finalists attended from 10 to 12 October a training in Zollikofen – the HAFL Boot Camp. There they received inputs from cewas, foodwaste.ch and from the Bernese University of Applied Sciences on how to develop and describe their business model, presentation skills and pitching in front of the jury.

On the afternoon of the 15th of October 2013 the jury listened to all 8 presentations from the finalists and decided who the winners of the two main prizes are. The winners were announced during a award ceremony at the ETH Zurich, organised in cooperation with the World Food System Center of the ETH Zurich.

The presentation in front of the jury from Fabian Schweizer, one of the winners.

Ambassador Dahinden, Director-General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, gives an introductory speech during the awards ceremony at the ETH Zurich. After him Mr. Bernard Lehmann, Director of the Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG), welcomes the finalists and officially opens the ceremony.

The Jury of the competition.

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  • 15 October 2013: In the afternoon (13h30 – 17h00) the 8 finalists present their ideas in front of the jury. The jury decides on the two winners (2x CHF 10’000) and the prizes are awarded during the public ceremony at the ETH Zurich (17h30 – 21h00). During the cocktail the public has the chance to select the best idea according to the public, one more prize is awarded (CHF 3’000).
  • 10-12 October 2013: The HAFL Boot Camp takes place in Zollikofen, at the Bern Universivity of Applied Sciences.
  • 6 September 2013: The finalists are announced – instead of 6 we have 8 finalists.
  • 4 September 2013: Jury gets together to decide on the 6 finalists. The jury decides to have 8 finalists due to the high quality of the applicants.
  • 31 August 2013: The time for submitting applications is over. Our jury will now decide the final six contestants of the competition.
  • 4 June 2013: The Our Common Food ideas competition has been launched! Apply with your idea until the 30 August 2013.

The applicants’ ideas

Applicants were asked to develop an inspiring idea for a product, service, or campaign that reduces food losses or waste within the food supply chain, from farm to consumption. The ideas had to be innovative and relevant to the cause!

Ideas were focused on either food waste in Switzerland or on the postharvest losses of cereals and pulses in developing countries. Each participant must have finished his or her studies within the past two years or be currently enrolled as a student at a university, university of applied sciences, or technical university in Switzerland or in a developing country.

Prizes

Trophy 1

CHF 10,000 for the best idea to reduce food waste in Switzerland

Trophy 2

CHF 10,000 for the best idea to reduce postharvest losses in developing countries

Trophy 3

CHF 3,000 for the best idea voted on by the public

(the prize money must be used to further develop your idea).

Further benefits

Apart from cash prizes Our Common Food has allowed all 8 finalists:

  • the possibility to learn through the process and be in contact with like-minded people,
  • to discover more about the subject of food losses and food waste,
  • to be in contact with selected experts in the field and to extend their professional network, and
  • to receive expert coaching to further develop their ideas (HAFL Boot Camp).

Milestones of the competition:

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1- Apply with your idea
from 4 June till 30 August 2013

Check the details page to find out more about how to apply with your idea. When you’re ready, hit "Apply now" and submit your application.

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2 – Selection of the 6 finalists
6 September 2013

From 30 August till 6 September the jury will decide the final six contestants. These six will be divided into two groups, three that bring a solution to fight food waste in Switzerland and the other three that fight postharvest losses in developing countries.

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3 – Training – The HAFL Boot Camp powered by cewas
from 10 till 12 October 2013

The six finalists will be chosen on 6 September 2013. They will then attend the HAFL Boot Camp in Bern, Switzerland on 10, 11, and 12 October 2013. During the Boot Camp they will have the opportunity to further develop their ideas and prepare their final presentations.
The HAFL Boot Camp takes place in Zollikofen, near Bern, at the Bern University of Applied Science's School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences. The training covers topics such as idea development, project management, and development of entrepreneurial skills.
The Boot Camp is organised and carried out by the School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences in Zollikofen, the international centre for water management services, cewas, and foodwaste.ch.

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4 – Final Presentations and Awards Ceremony
15 October

The final presentations will be held on the morning of 15 October 2013 in front of a panel of experts composed of representatives from our partner organisations, the competition’s patrons, and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.
The winners will then be announced during the awards ceremony at ETH Zurich during the evening of 15 October, just in time for World Food Day!

The Jury

Anthony Bennett
Team Member of SAVE FOOD - a Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction, Food & Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), Rome, Italy

Michelle Grant
Executive Director, World Food System Center of the ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Michel Roux
Managing Director, SVIAL, Zollikofen, Switzerland

Ian Roberts
CTO and Member of the Executive Board, Bühler AG, Uzwil, Switzerland

Fritz Schneider
President CNS-FAO (Swiss National FAO Committee)
Head Agriculture, HAFL, Bern University of Applied Sciences

Jacques Chavaz
Deputy Director General, Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture, Bern

Markus Bürli
Deputy Head, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Global Programme Food Security, Bern

Main conditions to have applied for the competition (applications now closed)

  • Applicant has a good idea on how to fight food waste in Switzerland OR postharvest losses in developing countries.
  • Applicant is enrolled as a student in an university, university of applied sciences, or technical university and not being above the age of 34 (alternatively: finished his/her studies within the last 2 years).
  • Applicant’s university is in Switzerland or in a developing country.
  • Applicant’s idea is innovative and relevant to the fight against food losses and food waste.
  • Applicant’s idea is feasible to be implemented in a near future.
  • Applicant is interested in implementing the idea in the near future.
  • Applicant is able to attend the HAFL Boot Camp (10-12 October 2013) as well as the jury presentation and award ceremony the 15 October 2013.
  • Applicant read and agrees with the full eligibility requirements.

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