Food Security

The world’s population is growing rapidly. The predictions are that our earth will inhabit over 9 billion people in 2050, who will also have to eat. This seems an impossible task, especially if you consider that the amount of resources will decrease; amount of available farmland, water, phosphate and fuel. Wageningen Plant Research has several projects which seek solutions through the motto 'two times more, with two times less'.

- Examples of our Food Security Research

  • vegIMPACT - Vegetable production and marketing with impact VegImpact (Vegetable production and marketing with impact) is a project that gives small-scale farmers in Indonesia the knowledge they need to increase their vegetable production. The programme is aimed at improving vegetable production and marketing for small farmers in Indonesia. Through its interventions vegIMPACT contributes to food and nutrition security and to private sector development in Indonesia.
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  • EU-2017-05 LIVESEED The Dutch contribution to this EU project is based on observations that tolerance of abiotic stress in seedlings also increases tolerance against biotic stress (pathogens). It is though that research into this matter could result in a new organic seed health strategy. This knowledge will also be used in crop breeding, where the differences in vigour between seed batches are really shaking things up. This multidisciplinary approach involving seed physiology, microbiology, phytopathology and crop breeding is unique.
    EU-2017-05 LIVESEED
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  • GhanaVeg - Vegetable sector development GhanaVeg works towards a sustainable and internationally competitive vegetable sector that contributes to inclusive economic growth and continuous innovation in terms of products and services.
    Photo by Irene Koomen, CDI
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  • Preparation of SEVIA, Seeds of Expertise for the Vegetable Industry in Africa (Tanzania) The aim of the 2012 Preparation of SEVIA project is to explore the options, define the work plan and to formulate the SEVIA project and activity plan, ready for implementation as of 2013.
    cutting vegetables
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  • WHEALBI – Improving European wheat and barley production WHEALBI stands for the project ‘WHEAt and barley Legacy for Breeding Improvement’. The project originates from the principle that to improve wheat and barley production in order to face severe global changes, we need to better exploit knowledge from basic science to develop new varieties and innovative cropping systems.
    WHEALBI – Improving European wheat and barley production
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  • Fresh Green Ghana Wageningen University & Research collaborate with the Ghanaian companies SafiSana Ghana Ltd. as project coordinator, and Agri-Impact Ltd., Premium Vegetables Co. Ltd., and Urban Jungle Agro Ind. Ltd.
    Fresh Green Ghana
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  • N2AFRICA - Putting nitrogen fixation to work for smallholder farmers in Africa N2AFRICA is a large scale, science-based “research-in-development” project focused on putting nitrogen fixation to work for smallholder farmers growing legume crops in Africa.
    N2AFRICA - Putting nitrogen fixation to work for smallholder farmers in Africa
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  • GEOPOTATO - Control fungal disease in potato in Bangladesh In Bangladesh Late blight (Phytophthora infestans) is the most common and highly destructive, fungal disease in potato, tomato and other solanaceae crops in Bangladesh. The GEOPOTATO project uses geo data to control late blight fungal disease in potato in Bangladesh.
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  • Creating food security and employment for Syrian refugees in Jordan Global migration due to sudden (natural) disasters or crises is still a hot topic. Confining migration into the regions rather than illegal long distance migration, securing access to food and creating employment opportunities are a few of the main challenges we face. This is also the case for the the Syrian refugees and Jordanians in Jordan. The program HAED-Jo is a Dutch-funded program aimed at solving these issues by improving hydroponic agriculture production and improving the value chain in Jordan’s agricultural sector.
    Creating food security and employment for Syrian refugees in Jordan
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