webBook "Food for all" now available on internet

The webBook 'Food for all' is a digital version of the paper edition, published on the occasion of the 95th anniversary of Wageningen UR in 2013. It highlights the various projects at WageningeUR to secure nutritious food for all, today and tomorrow. Based on the four pillars of food systems a simple 'navigation wheel' willguide you through the various subjects. (

Lesmodule voedselzekerheid voor VMBO en MBO

Samen met het Wellant college heeft het Centrum voor duurzame ontwikkeling en voedselzekerheid een module voedselzekerheid ontwikkeld.


Battle of Ideas
Multidisciplinary teams of Dutch and international bachelor and master students (studying in the Netherlands), are challenged to come up with creative ideas as an answer to challenges that developing countries are facing. The best teams will be invited to a think-tank session with experts. The outcome of this session determines which team wins a prize of 1500 euro per team member. Students who want to participate have until next Monday, 23 June, to register for the kick-off and matchmaking event on Thursday 26 June in Utrecht. More information..

June 23rd, 2014 closing date for applications


Convergence Between Science and Environmental Education.
May 9th, 2014:  How can you ensure that people do not only spend time thinking about important global issues like climate change or world food supplies, but also roll up their sleeves and do something about them?

Four researchers, including Professor Arjen Wals from Wageningen University, think that the education sector holds the key. Teaching processes around the world could be given more influence and meaning by making pure science subjects, such as biology and physics, complementary to lessons in nature, environment and sustainability. Their article on this new approach to teaching, which is based on citizen science, is published in the 9 May edition of Science.

Prof Swaminathan

Lecture: 65 years of scientific research for food and nutrition security in a warming planet  

May 7th, 2014: CSD&FS proudly supports this exciting lecture by Prof M.S. Swaminathan (88), Indian geneticist and international administrator, and also known as the "Father of the Green Revolution in India".

Prof. Swaminathan is the founder and chairman of the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation. His stated vision is to rid the world of hunger and poverty. Swaminathan is an advocate of moving India to sustainable development, especially using environmentally sustainable agriculture, sustainable food security and the preservation of biodiversity, which he calls an "evergreen revolution". He did his Postdoc on potato genetics at Wageningen in early 1950’s. From 1972 to 1979 he was director general of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. He was minister of Agriculture from 1979 to 1980. He served as director general of the International Rice Research Institute (1982–88) and became president of the IUCN in 1988. In 1999, Time magazine placed him in the 'Time 20' list of most influential Asian people of the 20th century.

Mrs. Swaminathan at Gender meeting in WageningenUR
Open exchange on gender: Where are we coming from and where do we stand now?

May 6th, 2014: CDI and CSD&FS have organized a session with Mrs. M. Swaminathan, prominent researcher and practitioner on education and gender. See notes of the meeting

For background information on the activities of the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation – Centre for Research on Sustainable Agriculture and Rural development: