Six leading agri-food universities and research institutions have joined forces to find ways to increase the world food production in a sustainable manner.
The world's population is expected to grow from the current 7 billion to 8 billion in 2025 and 9 billion in 2050. This growth in population in combination with an increase in wealth will increase the demand for food, especially for protein-rich food. The total demand for food and feed will double in just a few decades. The amount of arable land, however, cannot be doubled, and the natural resources that are needed for food production, such as fresh water and phosphor, are limited too. At the same time, greenhouse gas emissions need to be reduced. This means that new technologies need to be developed and people to be trained to produce twice the amount of food while using fewer natural resources.
Six leading agri-food universities and research institutions from the main food-producing countries in the world have joined forces to find ways to increase the world food production in a sustainable manner.
These organisations are:
- The Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) in China
- Embrapa in Brazil
- INRA (National Institute for Agricultural Research) in France
- Massey University in New Zealand
- University of California (UC) Davis in the United States
- Wageningen UR (University & Research centre) in the Netherlands
We are an interesting mix of universities and applied research organisations. We are action oriented, wanting to get things done. To achieve this, we create a tailor-made consortium for each project. This means that not all six organisations are necessarily involved in every project and that we also include other institutions from our extensive network in consortia. As a result, clients do not have to bother about organisational issues but can concentrate on the progress to be made.
Challenges research food security
The research done within our alliance should help governments and industry to increase the food production and operate more cost effectively. The major challenges of the Global Alliance on Food Security Research face are researching and developing:
- Methods to increase production and availability of nutritious and safe food to feed the world.
- Sustainable production methods that protect our living environment and safeguard food production for generations to come ('sustainable intensification').
- Approaches to reduce food waste.
- Ways so that everyone has good access to food.