To better understand the food situation in the world and the underlying mechanisms that cause disruptions, research partners from around the globe have joined forces in the FoodSecure project.

Among these are LEI (part of Wageningen UR) which leads this project, INRA, Embrapa, the Ethiopian Economic Association, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, and many more. Together they will assess what the impacts on food and nutrition security were of (mostly EU) policies, world trade agreements, climatic influences, new technologies, and so on.

Issues related to food and food security have an impact on the entire world, but each region deals with different issues. For instance, Brazil is one of the largest producers of food in the world and its market share it still growing, China is one of the biggest importers of food and feed and also rapidly increasing its food production, Europe and the US are traditionally big in the agrifood industry, and many African countries are net importers of food and particularly vulnerable to food price fluctuations.

When the food system and potentially disruptive sources to that system are analysed, the researchers will work on a ‘toolbox for policymakers’ that aims to provide better short- mid- and long-term forecasts, and thus giving decision makers a clearer picture on how to improve the access to food and nutrition worldwide.