AWARE (Active Waste Analysis to Reduce Environmental-impact) addressed the topic of “waste” in fresh (perishable) produce (fruit and vegetables) supply chains. These chains begin with the grower (or farmer) and end with the retailer, but AWARE also considered the consumer in the specific context of a source of “complaints data” concerning fresh produce. The intention was to focus on data, information, and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) systems, and how these potentially could be used to reduce waste.
AWARE was a nine month exploratory project that started on April 1st 2009. The specific objectives of AWARE (as stated in the original proposal) were to:
This document is the final project report. It describes what has been done, key findings, and presents conclusions concerning what needs to.