Circular Agrifood

To provide a worldwide population of ten billion people by 2050 with tasty, affordable, healthy and sustainable food, we need to adopt a circular production and consumption system. Why? To meet the pressing need to create more value across the whole food production chain. How? By using less raw materials and energy and by producing less waste.

Our way of working

With the Circular Agrifood Innovation field we want to achieve robust food production that creates balance in our living environment and respects both the climate and the environment. In the process of creating such a production process, we aim to significantly reduce the use of raw materials and loss throughout the chain.

To succeed, Foodvalley NL connects the right players within circular agrifood. Farmers, investors, researchers... everyone who can have an interest in a new service or product should be at the table. Our role as matchmaker and transition broker has led to an international network of numerous companies and organisations working together on innovations and the transition of the food system.

The network is broad and enthusiastic. From corporates to start-ups, from farmers and retailers to government organisations, education and research institutions, in all stages of entrepreneurship and from various sectors. This makes cross-pollination and growth possible.

Key activities

1. New crops:

Through the Innovation field Circular Agrifood, we are stimulating the development of new or improved crops as a sustainable alternative to existing, less sustainable resources. We also strive to grow higher-quality crops that positively impact the food patterns of consumers.

2.New materials:

In order to meet the growing demand for materials we develop new materials. For proteins, for example, insects have proven to be well-suited as such a resource. Algae, duckweed, snails and cultured meat are also new resources that could potentially replace less sustainable ones.
For insects we have a special Insects programme in place for partners to join.

3. Circular raw materials:

Right now, a lot of waste is wasted and is converted into biomass at best. To create a more sustainable and circular agrifood chain, we need to valorise residual flows by using them as resources for feed or preferably food applications. Think for instance of using insects to turn waste into proteins, reuse materials for higher purpose on Moerman's Ladder linke Brewers's Spent Grain as flour and fibers, proteins from reused waste & losses like vegetables, dairy, meat, grains. But also biosolids or night soil and palm oil alternatives can be interesting fields. That is why Foodvalley is a partner of the ‘No Waste Challenge’: a global initiative to reduce the amount of food wasted.

4. New processing methods:

By targeting technique and technology, chains can become more sustainable and, for example, produce less waste. In this endeavour Foodvalley collaborates with companies and research institutes on Agtech development like sensoring, new robotics, aquatic agriculture, and controlled environment agriculture development like vertical farming, hydroponics and more.

Realise your ambitions as Foodvalley NL member

As a new active Foodvalley NL member you’ll receive:

  • Guidance and help in development, upscaling and marketing
  • A vibrant network of other engaged circular agrifood members like start-ups, corporate and potential partners and investors
  • Useful tools such as innovations scans, the facility map for shared research facilities
  • The latest news on Circular Agrifood consortia, projects, governmental activities, developments, innovative ingredients, products and facilities, and companies active in the field


Would you like to join the Circular Agrifood Innovation? Or like to discuss participation in a key activity or initiative with us? Contact Jolijn Zwart - van Kessel, Innovation Lead Circular Agrifood.


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