Interviews with international experts as part of the process evaluation for the implementation of the National Strategy to Reduce Food Waste

In February 2019, the Federal Cabinet adopted the National Strategy for Reducing Food Waste – Too Good for the Bin! – presented by the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection. This describes the measures to be taken by 2030 to help halve food waste in Germany per capita and per year at retail and consumer level and to reduce food waste along the production and supply chain, including post-harvest losses. Challenges are described and measures are identified to be put into practice, with stakeholder groups from all sectors as well as consumers contributing. The evaluation of the national strategy supports the monitoring of the BMEL and the Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food (Bundesanstalt für Landwirtschaft und Ernährung, BLE) as the coordinating agency for Too Good for the Bin! In addition, the implemented measures are described and examined for their results and effectiveness. Participants as well as actors in the implementation process at different levels are interviewed at different points in time. The media response to the national strategy and its perception by political actors are analysed.The evaluation provides indications of the extent to which the measures taken are effective and what options exist for further development.As part of the evaluation, corsus – corporate sustainability GmbH was commissioned to interview EU experts on the international perception of the German strategy.

Duration: May-July 2023

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