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28 July 2014  

Opportunity for procurers and suppliers to meet at Meet your Buyer Event, Ghent, September 2014

Public procurers and suppliers of sustainable and innovative products and services will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face at a Meet your Buyer event following this year’s Ecoprocura Conference in Ghent, Belgium on the afternoon of September 26, 2014. Ecoprocura is organised by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability together with the City of Ghent.

The event provides an opportunity for more than 200 public procurers and suppliers of sustainable and innovative solutions to meet and discuss topics related to sustainability and innovation in a neutral setting. Meet Your Buyer aims to demonstrate the commercial possibilities presented by a sustainable and innovative economy.

Today's challenging and ever-changing environment requires new solutions and ways of thinking. This event makes it possible for business leaders to network at all levels and discuss progressive solutions for challenges commonly faced by public authorities. A full programme is available here. Those who are registered to attend Ecoprocura (the full programme for which can be found here) can attend the event for free. To register for Ecoprocura, please click here.

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14 July 2014  

EU Social Innovation finalist creates direct links between farmers and end-users

Epelia.com was recently nominated as a finalist for the EU Social Innovation Competition. Epelia.com is a website which creates an online market for traditional farmers’ markets. It supports small-scale farmers by developing the shortest possible food supply chains, i.e. by creating direct links between the farmers and the end users.

This online market acts as a logistics hub for self-organised regional same-day delivery, for national parcel service delivery and for Europe-wide delivery to other farmer’s markets (which then in turn act as distribution hubs). This model re-establishes the viability of traditional, small-scale food production, and allows these businesses to create new jobs.

The central idea behind the website is to re-vitalise traditional weekly farmers’ markets across Europe. Farmers markets often serve as an established meeting point for local farmers, making them an ideal logistics hub for regional and international shipping. The majority of farmers who sell their produce at markets do not have their own websites, so Epelia.com allows farmers to continue selling their produce in a way that is adapted to the digital era.

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