SHARE IT: An online toolkit for food sharing initiatives
The toolkit uses a new sustainability impact assessment framework, that is tailored to the activities of food sharing initiatives and was recently published by the SHARECITY team in the journal Environmental Impact Assessment Review.
SHARE IT enables food sharing initiatives to identify, collate and communicate their impacts on issues ranging from food waste to food poverty and loneliness. Tailored sustainability impact reports can be produced that link food sharing activities to specific sustainability indicators as well as broader UN sustainable development goals.
SHARE IT has three main functions:
- The Toolshed, where initiatives can create a sustainability impact report along with a short summary report to concisely communicate their impacts to others.
- The Talent Garden, a space for food sharing initiatives to share stories about their activities and post their impact summary reports.
- The Greenhouse, where food sharing initiatives can connect with others around the world to share experiences and learn from each other.
Europe is the world's second-smallest continent by surface area, covering just over 10 million square kilometres or 6.8% of the global land area, but it is the third-most populous continent after Asia and Africa, with a population of around 740 million people or about 11% of the world's population. Its climate is heavily affected by warm Atlantic currents that temper winters and summers on much of the continent. In the European Union, farmers represent only 4.7% of the working population, yet manage nearly half of its land area.