“Technology first” is the Polish capital's approach to tackle food system transformation and the City of Warsaw will work to develop integrated solutions to fight against food waste.

The Polish capital city, Warsaw is home to 1.8 million people within a greater metropolitan area of 3.1 million residents. The city has been a major hub for transport, tourism and industry in Poland and the European Union since the country’s ascension to the bloc in 2004.

The City of Warsaw has been addressing nutrition challenges in primary schools for the last ten years thanks to the campaign entitled “I know what I eat” dedicated to eight- and ten-year-old children. This educational programme that raises awareness about the significance of healthy diets has evolved within the last few years to also address the children’s parents and the school culinary staff.

In addition, after having signed the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact in 2015, the City of Warsaw has decided to broaden its activities related to food issues. Since 2019, it has also been the Vice Chair of the Eurocities Working Group Food.

In Food Trails, the city will establish a Living Lab dedicated to one key topic for food system transformation, food waste, and develop a related ecosystem of solutions. This comprehensive approach will be elaborated under the motto “technology first”, enabling this ecosystem to turn into new business models, trends, habits and regulations. This process will also refer to the city’s urban food policy that will be launched in 2021.