International programmes

Together with our international academic partners, the private sector, governments, NGOs and the philanthropic sector, we contribute to global agendas, particularly the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We are especially committed to the SDGs’ zero hunger; good health and well-being; quality education; clean water and sanitation; sustainable cities and communities; responsible consumption and production; climate action; life in the water; life on land; and partnerships. We aim to set global agendas with partners, such as the Agrifood 5 Alliance (WUR, China Agricultural University, Cornell University, UC Davis and the University of São Paulo) and the CGIAR institutes. As a leading institution in Agriculture, Food and Environment, we understand our responsibility to proactively contribute to the European Commission’s agenda. In the coming 4 years we will expand research and innovation programs to contribute to Europe’s objectives, often in close collaboration with similar European institutions, such as INRA and European partner universities.

A selection of our research in:


  • programmes devoted to Knowledge and Innovation Development and to stimulating collaboration with public organisations (ERA-Net) programmes aimed at excellence in science,
  • industrial leadership and tackling social challenges (Horizon 2020)
  • initiatives for implementing the Strategic Research Agenda (JPI).

Read more about EU cooperation programmes