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PRESS RELEASE Fight against food waste: the meetings of the InnoNets project are underway

Bari, 19 June 2019 - The roadshow of the INNONETS project started on 20 June, promoted by the Puglia Region and ARTI - Regional Agency for Technology and Innovation, in collaboration with Legacoop Puglia and Polytechnic of Bari, on the topic of combating food waste . After the stage of Brindisi (Palazzo Granafei Nervegna) and the next of Andria (Chiostro San Francesco), it arrives on Monday 24 in Lecce (former Sant'Anna conservatory) and Tuesday 25 in Foggia (Civic Museum): four dates in four cities to learn more about the regional programs and initiatives on the subject, getting in touch with local actors engaged on a daily basis on sustainability issues, orienting themselves between foodsharing, new recovery economies and social innovation for a better sharing of resources.


The Apulia Region - Research, Innovation and Institutional Capacity Section and Active Social Inclusion and Innovation of Social Networks - intervene in each stage in the morning sessions, presenting programs and initiatives to support innovation and reduce food waste, and ARTS , as well as present the INNONETS project and its opportunities.


In the afternoon sessions, the testimonies of local actors engaged in the fight against food waste are presented, from territorial areas to projects and associations for social promotion such as Market Solidale di Fasano, Avanzi Popolo 2.0, Recuperiamoci Bisceglie and Comunità Emmanuel - Le Sorgenti.


The stage of Brindisi is attended by: Tania Guerra, from the Research, Innovation and Institutional Capacity Section, who introduces the meeting with institutional greetings, Valeria Patruno, from ARTI, who presents the INNONETS project and its opportunities, together with Katia De Luca by Legacoop Puglia, and Teresa Chimienti, of the Active Social Inclusion and Innovation Section of the social networks of the Puglia Region, who presents programs and initiatives to support the reduction of food waste.


In the afternoon the testimonies of the territorial area of ​​Brindisi are presented by Isabella Lettori, councilor for welfare and social services of the Municipality of Brindisi and Roberto Covolo, councilor for youth policies of the Municipality of Brindisi, and of "The value of time ”- Solidarity market on the net, by Francesco Trapani. The appointments fall within the scope of the InnoNets project, financed by the Interreg VA European Territorial Cooperation Program Greece-Italy, which aims to encourage territorial cooperation in the agri-food sector between the Puglia Region and the Ionian Islands Region (in Greece): the idea is to focus on innovation facilitation processes for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), pursued through thematic meetings involving research organizations, businesses, local government bodies and civil society.


Project partners, apart from the Ionian Islands Region (Greece) which is the leader, are also the Corfu Chamber of Commerce, the Puglia Region - Department of Economic Development, Innovation, Education, Training and Work with the technical support of ARTI, the Polytechnic University of Bari and the Regional League of Cooperatives and Mutua di Puglia (Italy). Partner associati sono la Camera di commercio ellenica-italiana a Salonicco e l'Università della Basilicata.


Other meetings within the project are scheduled for June 26 at the Polytechnic of Bari, where Urban Food Policy, that is food strategies for cities and islands, will be discussed, and June 27 in Taranto: in the latter, organized by Legacoop Puglia, innovation facilitators will meet agrifood companies.


A series of workshops will be held in July, which will see the Puglia Region and ARTI engaged on the themes of the circular economy and the fight against food waste on July 5 in Taranto and July 8 in Foggia, Legacoop on the theme of innovation in the SMEs of agriculture on July 10 in Lecce, and the Polytechnic of Bari on July 11 in Brindisi on the theme of sustainable cities and islands.





ARTI - Regional Agency for Technology and Innovation

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Governor's of Ionian Islands Office

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Puglia Region - Head of Communication of the Joint Secretariat

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