The wholesale fresh food market Mercabarna and the UPC are creating a university chair to study how to prevent and reduce food waste in the stages of production and wholesale and retail distribution of the food chain.
Through the Barcelona School of Biosystems and Agri-Food Engineering (EEABB), the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC) will be responsible for carrying out the project with Mercabarna that the university won in a call for public Catalan universities.
The chair, called the UPC-Mercabarna chair to fight against food waste, will have an annual budget of 30,000 euros and a length of 3 years that can be extended.
Innovative research to boost food use
The objectives of the chair are focused on five strategic areas:
The chair’s team
At the UPC, the chair will be organised by teaching staff from the Barcelona School of Biosystems and Agri-Food Engineering (EEABB), with which Mercabarna has been working for years in various areas of research and training. The chair will be managed by professor Josep Maria Gil, who teaches Agricultural Economics at the UPC and is director of the Centre for Agrifood Economics and Development (CREDA) of the UPC and IRTA, where he is responsible for the research area. The deputy manager for training will be Anna Gras, a PhD holder in agricultural engineering and director of the EEABB. The lecturer Eduard Hernández, a PhD holder in agricultural engineering and expert in food industries, will be in charge of the section on technology and research of technological solutions for food use to reduce food waste.