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Socio-economic context of food waste generation in Latvia (2022‒ 2023)






Project No. 6-ZD-22/2/2022


Source of funding:  Riga Stradins University

Project period: 01.04.2022 – 31.03.2023 (12 months)

Total budget: 19 999 EUR

Project leader: Senior researcher Elīna Dā


To investigate the socio-economic context of food waste generation in Latvian society and food production and distribution enterprises, as well as to assess the potential role of food waste prevention or valorisation in the Latvian economy.

Planned activities:

  1. Develop and conduct a nationally representative survey of food waste generation habits in Latvian households.

  2. Develop and conduct a survey on food loss and waste and its management in the production, distribution and food service enterprises.

  3. Media monitoring to assess the coverage and relevance of food waste problems in Latvian society.

  4. Process and analyse collected data to assess the socio-economic context of the food waste problem in Latvia.

  5. Prepare and submit a manuscript on the results for publication in an international scientific journal and prepare a presentation for an international scientific conference.

For more information visit the project's website.





Soloha, R.; Kleinberga, V.; Dace, E., 2023, "Survey on household food consumption, food waste awareness, generation and practices: The case of Latvia, January 2023",, Rīga Stradiņš University Institutional Repository Dataverse, V1.

Soloha, Raimonda; Kleinberga, Vineta; Dace, Elina, 2023, "Survey on food waste awareness, generation and measurement in retail and food service sectors: The case of Latvia, January 2023",, Rīga Stradiņš University Institutional Repository Dataverse, V2.


Participation with a presentation at the side event Fostering Action with Narratives: Communicating about Climate Change and Energy Transition in Politics, Business, Media and Society of the 3rd International Interdisciplinary Conference PLACES in Riga, Latvia on March 30, 2023.

Soloha R., Kleinberga V., Dace E. The Survey of Systemic Food Waste Generation Causes in Latvian Retail, Catering and Households

Abstract book of the 3rd International Conference PLACES, 29-31 March, 2023. DOI:




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