REINWASTE PRESENTED AT AGRARIAN ECONOMY CONGRESS

AGAPA and IFAPA have presented a poster with the main results of the REINWASTE project in the 12th Congress of Agrarian Economy held between 4-7 September in Lugo, Spain. Researchers and professionals have discussed the models for sustainable agri-food, livestock and forest production taking into account their territorial context and the need to contribute to a circular economy.

REINWASTE aims to redesign the agri-food value chain through the demonstration of innovative solutions to reach zero inorganic waste, while respecting the principle of waste hierarchy. The project is funded by the INTERREG MED Programme and it is made up by ten partners from four countries. Its execution period is 30 months, until August 2020.

The poster presented (available at the end of the article) reflects the diversity of the technological solutions currently identified in the value chain, in line with the European regulatory requirements, and the excellent participation of the companies involved in the value chain, which are already developing pilot projects to implement them. It is important to highlight the existence of large opportunities for improvement in order to achieve a more efficient horticultural production, thus producing more with less resources and with less impact. There is a need to properly manage the waste flow generated in the sector as it represents a risk for the economic, environmental and social sustainability of the current production model in the horticultural value chain.

The Congresses of Agrarian Economy, organized by the Spanish Association of Agrarian Economy have been held since 1992. They are the main meeting, discussion and communication point in Spain for researchers and professionals working in the fields of agri-food, rural economy and environment. At the same time, they are also a valuable tool to transfer the results of their work to society. In this edition, debate was focused on the models for agri-food production and the large economic and demographic problems faced by some territories. The event has also enabled to discuss the progresses made in reforming Agricultural Policies for the next decade and, in particular, the Common Agricultural Policy.