FoodCloud were invited by the European Food Banks Federation (FEBA) along with other members and associate members for the FEBA Annual Convention 2019 which was held from 15th-18th May in Rome, Italy.
Co-Founders Iseult Ward and Aoibheann O’Brien travelled to Rome along with COO Emma Walsh and over 100 other European food bankers to take part in the three day event. The event’s technical support was given by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
The first day of the convention, held at the FAO headquarters was themed “Achieving together SDG 12.3 – Concrete actions preventing food waste” and looked at how Food banks could achieve the SDG 12.3 target of “halving per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses” by working together in the coming decade.
COO Emma Walsh also sat on a panel and spoke about FoodCloud and its impacts to date.
The second and third day of the convention looked at connecting global impacts with local actions and was made up of working tables and plenary sessions. Emma Walsh hosted one of the working tables which focused on the retail sector.
The working tables serve as a way of generating new ideas for the network which could be expanded on and strengthened in future.
FoodCloud also officially became members of FEBA and were welcomed into the network as Aoibheann O’Brien ceremoniously signed the FEBA charter alongside Germany’s Tafel and The Romanian Food Bank who became an associate member.
The Convention finished up on the evening of May 17th with attendees doing a sightseeing tour of the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel while on May 18th a private audience with his holiness Pope Francis was organised for the Food Banks.