Case studies:  Food systems & food waste

World Resource Institute's (WRI) food loss and waste reporting 

Pinpoint has provided a variety of services to introduce, advise and offer training on the World Resource Institute's (WRI) Food Loss & Waste reporting protocol, including:     

  • 3-day training workshop provided to South Africa's 5 main retailers on behalf of Green Cape and the City of Cape Town's Resilience Unit, in partnership with Anthesis Global.
  • Workshops for South Africa's food waste voluntary agreement implementation plan on behalf of the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA), funded by the SA-EU Dialogue Facility.
  • Introduction to the protocol and the WRI's 10x20x30 food waste initiative for Pick n Pay suppliers.

Evaluation of the Resource Smart Food Initiative

Client:  WWF South Africa

Pinpoint was contracted to undertake a streamlined evaluation of WWF-South Africa's Resource Smart Food Initiative. The aim of the review was to ascertain the achievements of intended ambitions, and recommendations for future work and/or strengthening. The evaluation assessed the programme against performance, focus, niche positioning for impact, viability and value to WWF national and international criteria.

Food waste voluntary agreement for South Africa

Client:  Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA) and Department of Trade & Industry (DTI)                     

Funder:  SA-EU Dialogue Facility

Pinpoint was commissioned by the CGCSA and DTI (in partnership with Dr Julian Parfitt, Anthesis Group) to develop a business-led voluntary agreement on food waste for South Africa. This involved:
  • Undertaking a gap analysis of our current understanding of food waste in the country
  • Developing recommendations for a voluntary agreement road map
  • Developing and consulting on a business plan for implementation

A copy of the voluntary agreement produced by Anthesis and Pinpoint can be accessed here. Further information on the voluntary agreement can be found here.

Food for Us: Reducing on-farm food waste using a cell phone app platform

Client:   Environmental Learning Research Centre (ELRC), Rhodes University
 United Nation's One Planet Sustainable Lifestyles & Education (SLE) Trust Fund

The aim of the 1st phase of the project was to develop and trial a cell phone app in South Africa through which surplus food is traded. Another key component was the setting up of communities of practice around which the app could be tested and adopted. Pinpoint managed a project partner team of 8 organisations, and provided an advisory role on food loss and waste.  The 2nd phase of the project aims to increase uptake, and further develop the app's functionality.

Visit www.foodforus.co.za for further information or to download the app.  The 1st phase project report is available here.

Shifting consumer behaviour towards sustainable seafood consumption

Client:  WWF South Africa                                                
Funder:  United Nation's One Planet Sustainable Food Systems (SFS) Trust Fund

WWF-SA commissioned Pinpoint to examine seafood consumption trends, associated consumer behaviours and recommendations to inform their Sustainable Seafood Initiative's (SASSI) consumer campaign. The research formed the basis of a wider United Nation's Environment One Planet Sustainable Food System's project.

An article on millennials and the key role they play in preserving threatened fish was published as a research output in the Business Day. Access the article here.  

Food loss and waste: Facts and futures

Client:  WWF South Africa

The food loss and waste: Facts and futures report sketches out the state of food loss and waste in South Africa. Pinpoint undertook research and contributed as an author on:
  • Food loss and waste in the public sector
  • Characteristics of the formal and informal food system in relation to food waste
  • Futures recommendations to reduce food waste
The report can be downloaded here.

Reducing food waste in the Organisation of Islamic            Co-operation (OIC) member countries

Client:  UDA Consulting, Turkey

Funder: Standing Committee for Economic & Commercial Co-operation of the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (COMCEC)

Pinpoint was commissioned by UDA Consulting as part of their research team to understand the scale of consumer and hospitality food waste in Islamic states. Pinpoint undertook research, led the report writing process and presented the findings at the 9th Meeting of the COMCEC Agriculture Working Group in February 2017 in Ankura, Turkey. The report can be downloaded here.

Food waste associated with South Africa's horticultural produce exports

Client:  Feedback Global, UK

Funder:  The Rockefeller Foundation

Pinpoint undertook research to identify on-farm and pack house food waste associated with fresh produce exported from South African farms to the UK and United States. Evidence was gathered to assess the scale of the issue, how and why food waste arises, and documented solutions. The study forms part of a series of global case studies published by Feedback Global on the causes of food waste in international supply chains. A copy can be downloaded here.

Adaptation and trial of a food loss and waste methodology

Client:  WWF South Africa

Pinpoint adapted and trialled the World Resources Institute's (WRI) Food Loss & Waste Protocol on the retailer Woolworth's spinach supply chain. Outputs included a methodology which is suitable for South African use to determine where in a supply chain food loss and waste occurs, the volumes and why.  A summary of findings was presented in Woolworth's 2016 Annual Integrated report, and as a case study in WWF's Food loss and waste: Facts and futures report, which can be downloaded here.

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