Six partners from all over the world have joined forces in consortium and share their research expertise on food security.
Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences
The Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences is directly affiliated with China's Ministry of Agriculture. It is mainly engaged in agricultural applied research, applied basic research and high- and new-technology research. CAAS plays an important role in solving the sci-tech issues with general, directional and critical importance in China’s agricultural and rural development as well as in training high-level agricultural research professionals and unfolding international exchange and cooperation in agricultural science and technology. China's challenges are to use 10% of the world’s total farmland to feed 20% of the global population. On top of that, the country is in the process of rapid urbanisation. All these issues require technological solutions. Staff members: about 10,000. Research institutes: 38 (located across 17 different provinces).
Website Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences
The Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation Embrapa provides feasible solutions for the sustainable development of Brazilian agribusiness through knowledge and technology generation and transfer. Embrapa has helped to develop Brazilian agriculture by providing it with new technologies, basic products and genetic material. This has led to an increase in Brazil's food production while the production costs have been reduced, as well as the impact on natural resources and the environment. Staff members: 8,275. Research Centers: 38.
INRA logoThe French National Institute for Agricultural Research, INRA, carries out mission-oriented research for high-quality and healthy foods, competitive and sustainable agriculture and a preserved and valorised environment. INRA produces fundamental knowledge that leads to innovation and know-how that is of benefit to society. The research focuses on worldwide challenges related to food and nutrition, the environment and land use. In doing so, INRA aims to contribute to economic, social and environmental development. Staff members: 8,500. Research divisions 14 (in 19 regional centres).
Well known for its applied teaching and applied research programmes, Massey University's colleges and research centres are notable for their special expertise in technology, science, applied science and business studies. Its food security research is bundled in the Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health and the Riddet Institute. Most work within those institutes is done in cooperation with public and private sector partners and aimed at innovation and the creation of sustained competitive advantage for New Zealand’s industries. Staff members in food & agri: 1,550 (fte). Student enrolment in entire university: 20,100.
Website Massey University
The College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences (CA&ES) cutting-edge research fosters innovation and new technology, leads to greater global food security, improves human health and nutrition, and provides the tools for good environmental stewardship. Programs are focused on the future challenges of the world – how will society produce the food necessary to sustain the growing population while protecting the environment? UC Davis continues to innovate with new technologies and programs to address the many faces of “food security” – access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food to meet dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.
A few examples of national and international engagement are described below:
- UC Davis hosts two international Collaborative Research Support Programs (CSRP) working to alleviate poverty and hunger in the developing world. The Horticulture CRSP funds projects to improve farming techniques, postharvest handling, and market access in Africa, Asia, and Latin American. The Assess and Market Access CRSP focuses on risk management and improved access to finance and markets.
- UC Davis leads an effort with other land-grant universities to help Afghanistan strengthen its agricultural extension system and stabilize its agriculture-based economy by improving household food security and increasing income through professional training in such areas as postharvest technology for grain and fresh-market produce, conservation agriculture for wheat production, horticulture on the urban fringe, and practical management of livestock and poultry.
- The UC Davis Plant Breeding AcademySM is a professional certificate program that covers the fundamentals and the most recent developments in plant breeding theory and practice, and addresses the demand for breeders in agriculture. Established in 2006 to address the global shortage of trained plant breeders, UC Davis Plant Breeding AcademySM (PBA) has grown into a premium professional certificate program widely recognized by the global seed industry. Through three classes in Davis and two in Europe, PBA has trained 85 plant breeders representing 46 plant breeding organizations from 20 different countries. At invitation of and in cooperation with Asia & Pacific Seed Association, the Asian Plant Breeding Academy will start in November of 2012. A version of the Plant Breeding Academy is also planned for Africa starting in the second half of 2012.
- UC Davis has formal agreements of cooperation with over 150 international universities around the world including Wagengin UR, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, and several universities in Brazil. Look at the complete listing of the active international agreements.
Wageningen UR (University & Research centre) is a world leading institute within the domain of ‘healthy food and living environment’. It works around the globe conducting research for government agencies and the private industry. The organisation consists of Wageningen University, Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences and a special foundation with 8 specialised and applied research institutes. This means that scientific breakthroughs can quickly be put into practice and incorporated into education and innovation. Natural and social sciences are combined in Wageningen to look for integrated solutions for societal issues, such as the world food problem. For instance, technologies are developed to increase food yields and ensure genetic diversity, but topics like food availability, access to food and access to markets are also attended. Staff members: 6,500. Research institutes: 8. Student enrolment: 11,375.
Website Wageningen UR