Activities will be developed in close consultation with stakeholders to serve their specific needs. Engagement with the private industry is expected to be especially rewarding, since leading agri-food companies are developing priorities for their involvement in contributing to issues related to food security.
A taste of possible activities
Developing predictive studies
The size of the joint organisations allows for large-scale activities, such as global surveys and market studies, for example, to better predict food demand and supply and food prices. These are measurable and can be repeated to provide stakeholders with crucial information.
Stimulating the use of fresh products and avoiding post-harvest losses and food waste
As the demand for fresh products is increasing rapidly, the logistics around product handling is a major challenge. This requires the development of 'smart' transport options. Availability of food not only depends on production, but also on the prevention of spillage. Hence, joint efforts should also focus on preventing post-harvest losses and decreasing wasted food.
Answering the animal protein challenge
The coming decades, the world will be confronted with a rapidly increasing demand for especially animal proteins. To answer this challenge, a bilateral collaboration is already on-going within the consortium, addressing issues like food functionality, dietary proteins, animal productivity, socio-economics and ecological aspects.
Feeding the public and policy debate
The Global Alliance on Food Security Research can contribute to setting up workshops, seminars, position papers and other means to provide an objective forum to present and discuss relevant scientifically-based research. In addition, members of the Alliance can be engaged in public debates, and play a visible and active role in international meetings and events, related to food security.
The members of The Global Alliance on Food Security Research have edge-cutting field and laboratory facilities across the globe at their disposal, that can be shared for joint research. These facilities can be used, for example, for synthesizing field-based research on climatic change impacts for production of a specific crop.