Surplus food recovery and food aid: the pivotal role of non-profit organisations. Insights from Italy and Germany

Simone Baglioni*, Benedetta De Pieri, Tatiana Tallarico

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Abstract

Food security and food waste are unanimously recognised as relevant issues affecting the whole society and should be therefore acknowledged as a priority on the public agenda. Nonetheless, in many countries the third sector stands in for public actors and operates to tackle both these issues. This paper explores the role of public and third sector in tackling food poverty and food waste, particularly analysing the role of the non-profit organisations involved in the food recovery and redistribution processes in two European regions: Lombardy (Italy) and Baden-Württemberg (Germany). By comparing the two different policy framework and the organisations’ actions, the study recognises the ability of the non-profit sector to create new relationships among different actors (private for-profit, private non-profit as well as public actors) while answering various unmet needs. The paper draws on a mix of secondary and primary data including observations and interviews in the two regions carried out in 2014 and focuses on two relevant case studies (the “Associazione Banco Alimentare” and the “Tafel”).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2032-2052
Number of pages21
JournalVoluntas
Volume28
Early online date22 Jun 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017

Keywords

  • food-recovery, food-aid, non-profit organizations, Germany, Italy

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