Land-Water-Food Nexus: Towards sustainable food production in China & other regions

The conference is organised in the framework of the large-scale research programme on "Sustainable Natural Resource Management for Adequate and Safe Food Provision" (SURE+), which aims to establish a sustainable Virtual Centre of Expertise of leading international researchers on the food-water-land nexus. It is financed by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), China.

Organised by Development Economics, Water Systems and Global Change, Department of Soil Quality, Environmental Policy

Tue 8 May 2018 08:30 to 18:00

Venue Orion, building number 103
Bronland 1
6708 WH Wageningen
+31 (0) 317 48 87 77


The objectives are:

  1. to exchange knowledge on and discuss recent developments in research on the food-water-land nexus, with a special emphasis on China as a key player in global food security;
  2. to strengthen cooperation between social and natural scientists in research on the governance of natural resources and environmental management of food systems.


David Chadwick , Bangor University (UK)
Xiaobing Wang, Peking University (China)
Scott Rozelle, Stanford University (USA)
Martina Flörke, Kassel University (Germany)
Lex Bouwman, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency
Simon Langan, IIASA, Laxenburg (Austria)
Sam Gaell, University of Essex (United Kingdom)
Kevin Chen, IFPRI Beijing Office (China)
Wolf Mooij, Netherlands Institute of Ecology (the Netherlands)



Orion building, Bronland 1 (Building 103)
6708 WH Wageningen, the Netherlands

Organizing committee

Nico Heerink (Development Economics Group)
Fan Li (Development Economics Group)
Maryna Strokal (Water Systems and Global Change Group)
Annette Janssen (Water Systems and Global Change Group)
Karen van der Heide (Development Economics Group)
Dineke Wemmenhove (Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy Group

Programme Conference, 8-5-2018

time preliminary topic speaker
08:30 - 08:40 Welcome Arthur Mol
08:40 - 09:00 Introduction Nico Heerink
09:00 - 09:40 Nutrient management to reduce pollution David Chadwick
09.40 - 10.20 Land markets, tenure security and productivity in China Xiaobing Wang
10.20 - 10.50 Break + poster session
10:50 - 11:30 Impact assessment in rural China Scott Rozelle
11:30 - 12:10 Water quality and the Land-Water-Food Nexus Martina Flörke
12:10 - 13:30 Lunch + poster session
13:30 - 14:10 Water pollution and nutrients in agriculture in the Yangtze river basin Lex Bouwman
14:10 - 14:50 Water related issues in agriculture Simon Langan
14:50 - 15:30 Break + poster session
15:30- 16:00 Transformative pathways to sustainability Sam Gaell
16.00 - 16:40 Food safety regulatory systems Kevin Chen
16:40 - 17:00 Concluding remarks Wolf Mooij
17:00 Drinks