Federica Marra
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Federica Marra won the 2012 Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Young Earth Solutions competition with the project “Manna From Our Roofs.” Her innovative concept sought to engage young people across OECD countries in an international network of activities combining education, communication, and business. In the project, participants would actively take part in cultivation, preservation, cooking, and sale of their own urban food products. Marra’s work has been published in BCFN’s quarterly magazine. She holds a B.S. in Language and Culture Mediation and a M.S. in Japanese Studies from Leiden University. She wrote her final dissertation on the fight against food loss and food waste in Japan, analyzing the relevance of food security issues with regard to current initiatives.

Food Losses and Waste Reduction As One way to Secure Food in Japan

The motivation to fight food loss and waste in Japan demonstrates a strong streak of nationalism and opposition to globalization.

Raising food waste awareness in Japan

Consumer behavior has emerged as a root cause of food waste—direct disposal, food scraps, and food leftovers account for half the amount of food waste in Japan.

Improving the Food Supply Chain in Japan

The analysis of food loss in Japan is now the aim of new institutional initiatives aimed at improving the national food system.

Food Waste in Japan: How Eco-towns and Recycling Loops are Encouraging Self-Sufficiency

Food waste in Japan was equivalent to the amount of annual rice production, but Japan’s Food Recycling Law has implemented reduction methods.