KOMOSIE (Koepel van Milieuondernemers in de Sociale Economie) is the non-profit umbrella organisation of recognised reuse centres and energy savers in Flanders. Since 2013 Komosie has been building up a new ‘branch’: Foodsaving – being socially active with food surplus and secondary flows. Komosie brings together social economy enterprises that carry out activities with ecological added value and provides them with support for their professional operation. Komosie wants to help protect the environment, all the while creating and maintaining jobs for at-risk groups in the labour market.
KOMOSIE is searching for partners for a project on food surpluses and/or secondary flows, in the framework of the Interreg 2 Seas programme. They want to strengthen the network of social enterprises and organisations that work with food surpluses and/or secondary flows in one or several of the following ways: supply, storage, processing and/or distribution. The aim is to create sustainable jobs for people who have difficulties integrating in the regular job market, while making sure that the product of their activities is ecologically valuable (by reducing food waste and valorising secondary flows) and preferably also supportive to people living in poverty.
In particular, some of the areas in which KOMOSIE is searching for partners are:
- Developing/strengthening of knowledge centres in each area of the 2 Seas on the topic of ‘working socially with food surplus and secondary flows’, adapted to the local context
- Supporting the creation and functioning of intermediate distribution platforms, both physical platforms and online platforms
- Developing or adapting a common registration methodology and system to measure the amount and type of food surplus that is saved by this network of social enterprises and organisations, in relation to the food waste hierarchy and promote the use of it in the region
If you are interested in partnering with KOMOSIE on their project proposal, please contact the AER Secretariat before 27 January 2017.