Project promotes the coordination and agreement between the key stakeholders (government authorities, scientific and academic institutions and dairy chambers) in the whey production and trade chain.
The valorization of the whey into a product with additional value delivers not only a positive economic benefit, but also an overall environmental improvement due to the reduction of high polluted effluent discharge, and eventual creation of new green jobs.

Whey- Innova Q

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Sectors of activity
Water, Food & Beverage, Scientific Research, Development and Innovation

Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation

Type of lead actor
Government / public sector

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Susana Beatriz Espinosa


Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development

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Strenghthen the dairy SMEs, providing tools for a better environmental management and fostering partnership with high focus in the whey valorization, and to increase food diversity and availabity through better nutritious offer and improving the environmental perfomance.


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Output level

Knowledge resource and technical tool

  • Activities Report

Impact and Results

-Offer whey`s generators a methodology for forming clusters in order to value the by-product and improve competitiveness, facilitate training and knowledge sharing, and reach the appropriate size market for profitable recycling of whey and ensure long term beneficial impacts beyond project conclusion.
-Promote the consumption of foods derived from whey, recognizing its nutritional value.
-Create a replicable and sustainable management model in which the government, industry chambers, the scientific and technological sector, and consumers participate.
-Quantify the environmental impact of the SMEs that generate whey with the incorporation of valorisation technologies and without the incorporation of valorization technologies.

Next steps and how to get involved

-Training in sustainable production and recovery and valorization technologies (R&VT).
-Communication’s tools to spread the high biological value of the whey by products suitable for human consumption”. This action is important in terms of feasibility and awareness of a specific group of beneficiaries, mainly vulnerable families with children, who will have a greater availability of information on the nutritional aspects of whey by-products.
The stakeholders involved are accompanyng both iniciatives that will be implemented in March 2019.