On Tuesday 12 June the Dutch King Willem-Alexander paid an official visit to Estonia, accompanied by other state officials including the Dutch Foreign Minister, Stef Blok. The main objective of the visit was to exchange and discuss best practices in areas including innovation in agriculture, a domain in which the Netherlands has many best practices to share with Estonia.
The best practices were presented and exchanged during a seminar, where all the food served during the lunch was provided by Eesti Toidupank, the Estonian food bank - with surplus food, of course!
In addition, the Dutch Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food, Carola Schouten, and the Estonian Minister of Rural Affairs, Tarmo Tamm, signed a memorandum of understanding. This is a confirmation of the ongoing collaboration between these two countries, including the topic of food losses and food waste. The Netherlands have many practices and useful guidelines regarding the management and re-distribution of surplus food and the Estonian food bank is deeply interested in replicate some of these initiatives.
The visit was fruitful for raising even more awareness about the importance of preventing food waste and also brought Estonia one step closer to taking concrete steps towards the implementation of policies fostering the donation and redistribution of surplus food.