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Innovation in Agricultural and Food Systems for Food Security

The thematic module Food Security has five running transnational research partnership projects between 10 countries and Switzerland. A geographical focus lies on West Africa.

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One of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals was the eradication of poverty and hunger; by 2015, the proportion of people suffering from hunger should be halved. Despite considerable success in poverty reduction, the food security crises in various parts of the world highlight the intrinsic fragility of systems, notably because of the global interconnectedness and dependency on trade. To meet the goal of global food security the world has to deal with various challenges, such as:

  • A growing world population. To feed the 9 billion people expected by 2050 (2 billion more than present), 70 to 100 % more food will be needed than at present.
  • An increasing demand for processed food (meat, dairy etc.) as per capita wealth increases.
  • An increasing use of agricultural products and land for energy production.
  • Increasing threats caused by climate change.
  • Greater competition for land and water.

Meeting the growing demand for food in a changing global context and in an environmentally and socially sustainable way demands innovative approaches with respect to food production, processes, distribution and access. The emphasis of this thematic module is therefore on the improvement of agricultural production and innovation systems in view of fostering a political, economic and societal framework for global food security.

The three main research topics of the module are:

  • Sustainability of agricultural and food systems, natural resources and resilience
  • Agricultural innovation, extension and research into use
  • Governance and policies for the future world food system

Schedule

Review Panel

  • Professor Dr. Anthony Whitbread, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Hyderabad, India (Panel President)
  • Dr. Eve Fouilleux, Research Director at the Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire Sciences Innovations Société (LISIS), University of Paris-Est-Marne-la-Vallée
  • Dr. Laura Hammond, University of London, United Kingdom
  • Marlene Heeb, Global Program Food Security, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Berne, Switzerland (SDC Delegate)
  • Professor Dr. Stefanie Hellweg, ETH Zurich, Switzerland (SNSF Delegate)
  • Dr. Alpha Kamara, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Kano, Nigeria
  • Professor Dr. Joachim Sauerborn, University of Hohenheim, Germany
  • Professor Dr. Hermann Waibel, Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany​

Research Network

 

 

The five r4d projects in the thematic module Food Security started in 2014. They represent transnational research partnerships between 10 countries and Switzerland, involving 37 grantees.

Events

r4d Forum 2015 Ecosystems and Food Security, Filzbach, Switzerland, 18-19 March 2015

 Ongoing projects

 

 

Biophysical, institutional and economic drivers of sustainable soil use in yam systems for improved food security in West Africa (YAMSYS)Biophysical, institutional and economic drivers of sustainable soil use in yam systems for improved food security in West Africa (YAMSYS)http://www.r4d.ch/modules/food-security/sustainable-yam-cropping
Farmer-driven Organic Resource Management to Build Soil Fertility (ORM4Soil)Farmer-driven Organic Resource Management to Build Soil Fertility (ORM4Soil)http://www.r4d.ch/modules/food-security/building-soil-fertility
Land Commercialization, Gendered Agrarian Transformation, and the Right to Food (DEMETER)Land Commercialization, Gendered Agrarian Transformation, and the Right to Food (DEMETER)http://www.r4d.ch/modules/food-security/gender-and-the-right-to-food
Sustainable Use of Insects to Improve Livestock Production and Food Security in Smallholder Farms in West Africa (IFWA)Sustainable Use of Insects to Improve Livestock Production and Food Security in Smallholder Farms in West Africa (IFWA)http://www.r4d.ch/modules/food-security/insects-as-feed
Towards Food Sustainability: Reshaping the Coexistence of Different Food Systems in South America and Africa (FoodSAF)Towards Food Sustainability: Reshaping the Coexistence of Different Food Systems in South America and Africa (FoodSAF)http://www.r4d.ch/modules/food-security/food-sustainability

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Dr. Claudia Zingerli Swiss National Science Foundation Wildhainweg 3 CH-3001 Bern +41 31 308 2174 claudia.zingerli@snf.ch

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