Wageningen UR project examples related to sustainable development and food security

Seas of Change - Scaling inclusive agri-food markets

The Seas of Change Initiative is a learning and research initiative that has arisen from discussions between a group business players, development agencies and researchers. The focus of the initiative is on how businesses with the right support from government, donors, NGOs and research can scale up inclusive agri-food market development to ensure food security for 9 billion people and help to tackle poverty. More information.

Supurbfood - Towards sustainable modes of urban and peri-urban food provisioning

Short food supply chains have been advocated as a means to reduce the environmental impact of the agro-food system. However, to improve the ecological performance of the agro-food system, other flows (e.g. nutrients, water, and urban waste) need to be considered as well. In the current context these aspects are usually addressed separately. This project will treat them in an integrated manner. More information.

EAT - Edible Academic Garden

Project EAT is a student-driven initiative to design and implement an edible academic garden in the heart of the Wageningen UR campus. Its mission is to cultivate an edible academic garden where the Wageningen UR community can learn about food production and sustainability in action, by working collaboratively and putting ecological design into practice. More information.

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A Self-Assessment Tool for Food Security in Higher Education

CTA, the CSD&FS and the Education & Competence Studies Group of Wageningen University & Research centre, working with partner universities from Africa, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific, are carrying out so-called food security audits in higher agricultural education (university education, research and outreach programmes). The audits are part of the joint project Mainstreaming Tertiary Education in Agriculture & Rural Development Policy Processes: Increasing Food Supply and Reducing Hunger, which was launched in 2012. More information.

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FOODSECURE – Exploring the Future of Global Food and Nutrition Security

“We ask the simple questions again to explain why some regions cope with food and nutrition insecurity and others don’t”, says Thom Achterbosch, LEI researcher and co-manager of the new research project FOODSECURE – Exploring the Future of Global Food and Nutrition Security. The general causes of food security might seem known, but some explanations are outdated in the face of scarce natural resources, volatile markets, and the recent attention to policies as factors that worsen food insecurity.

The FOODSECURE (including ZEF, IFPRI, INRA, KU Leuven and over a dozen partners from all over Europe, as well as from Ethiopia, China and Brazil) will produce a toolbox of sophisticated mathematical models and databases to help decision makers combat food insecurity.

The FOODSECURE project will run until 2017. It has a budget of  EUR 10,5 million of which EUR 8 million is funded by the European Commission under the seventh framework programme for social sciences and the humanities. The consortium will engage with researchers and stakeholders in developing countries. The project coordination is in the hands of Hans van Meijl at LEI, Wageningen UR. More information.