According to reports of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), approximately one-third of all food production, approximately 1.3 billion tonnes, in the world for human consumption every year is wasted and lost. Possible reasons for this situation may be listed as; more than needed production of food; excess purchase of foods compared to consumption amount and failing to create different uses for unconsumed foods

However, globally, 795 million people – the equivalent of 1 in 8 human beings – suffer from hunger and malnutrition. Industrialized and developing countries dissipate roughly the same quantities of food — respectively 825 and 775 million tonnes although Food losses and waste amounts to roughly US$ 860 billion in industrialized -US$ 310 billion in developing countries. Every year, consumers in rich countries waste almost as much food (222 million tonnes) as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa (230 million tonnes).

The aims of SUSCOF project is to assess and change adults’ behavior on food consumption and raise awareness on sustainable consumption of food. Decreasing the unnecessary consumption of food, changing the food consumption behaviors of adults, improving consciousness to use unconsumed foods in different ways, getting adults to adopt the habit of balanced nutrition, and beware adults about the carbon prints of foods consumed are the other purposes of the SUSCOF project. In this project, it is intended to throw partner countries (Turkey, Austria, Denmark, Slovakia, Sweden) from different demographic profiles together.

The project consists of three stages. The first stage targets developing a valid, comprehensive and inter-cultural index to measure the sustainable consumption of foods. To do that, a needs analysis will be done and an index (SCOFI) will be developed after extensive research, that includes getting the opinions of experts in the field and reviewing the previous studies. Then, the index will be organized in a manner that provides inter-cultural usability by having validity and reliability studies.

In the second stage of the project, sustainable food consumption behaviors of adults in the partner countries will be analyzed with the help of SCOFI developed in the first stage. Relating to social and demographic variables, consumer clusters will be developed. Every cluster will be defined in detail and their educational needs will be determined. Also, the subject will gain a broader perspective with the competence map provided at partner countries level.

In the third stage of the project, preparation of training materials and their distribution to the target groups is the main part. Printed resources like books, brochures, etc. and digital educational tools such as videos and mobile application will be designed at this stage. MySuscof Mobile App will be developed within the scope of the SUSCOF project. With the help of various multiplier events, seminars/webinars, short-term joint staff event, and social media tools, these materials will be available to more than 9,000 individuals and more than 50 relevant organizations. At the same time, these training activities will be more extensively effective in the public with the created role models and digital tools. As a further result, this indirect effect is also expected to spread over others with whom more than 50 organizations that the training materials will be available have relationships. Additionally, this project, which is specifically designed for adults’ education, is expected to guide also the next generation consumers, who will be grown by the trainees.

Start: 01-09-2018 – End: 31-08-2021

Project Reference: 2018-1-TR01-KA204-058739

EU Grant: 223305 Euro

EURProgramme: Erasmus+

Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

Action Type: Strategic Partnerships for adult education