Sustainable Agriculture & Nutrition Security 2016 Snapshot

Roundtable on Climate Change and Nutrition

ILSI Research Foundation and its partners co-hosted a roundtable discussion on climate change and its effects on dietary patterns and nutrition in conjunction with the 6th Global Workshop on the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP).

More information can be found at the AgMIP website: 6th Global Workshop

C-Quest Meeting Sets Ag Research Priorities

Scientists, farmers, and other experts participated in “C-Quest: Charting a Course for Climate Research in Agriculture organized by the ILSI Research Foundation. Participants met their shared goal to prioritize research targets supporting the US Department of Agriculture’s building blocks for climate-smart agriculture.

Speaker presentations are available here: C-Quest

Sustainability in the European Union

SUSFSANS (SUStainable Food And Nutrition Security) is a program funded by the European Union to “build the conceptual framework, the evidence base and analytic tools for underpinning EU-wide food policies…” related to global food and nutrition security. ILSI Europe is a SUSFANS partner and co-leads  the track of work devoted to building and maintaining effective communications with diverse stakeholders.

Visit the ILSI Europe SUSFANS website for more information: SUSFANS

Fruits, Vegetables, and Sustainability: Can We Produce Enough?

Experts explored how we can produce enough fruits and vegetables in sustainable ways to meet nutrition requirements at a session organized by ILSI North America at Experimental Biology 2016.

Information on all of ILSI North America’s EB2016 sessions can before here: EB2016

Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition

The ILSI Research Foundation joined an international effort to expand the use of open data in nutrition modeling through its close collaboration with the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative. Launched two years ago, GODAN supports global efforts to make agriculture and nutrition data available for unrestricted use.

For more information: GODAN Summit

New Gene Technology

ILSI Southeast Asia Region organized a series of seminars and workshops where participants discussed how new gene technologies – e.g., gene editing – can be successfully and safely adopted to help ensure sustainable food production.

A summary report and copies of speaker presentations are available here: New Technology

Food System Metrics

The ILSI Research Foundation developed a set of food system metrics to holistically and accurately measure sustainable nutrition security (SNS). A novel SNS assessment methodology based on these metrics can be used to establish meaningful goals, track progress, and evaluate potential impact of food system interventions intended to improve sustainability and human nutrition.

For more information: Food System Metrics


How long will we be able to feed our world?

ILSI’s programs in sustainable agriculture and nutrition security deal with the challenges of increased global food demand and regional impacts of climate change in an informed, collaborative, and sustainable manner.

The world faces an escalating challenge to produce sufficient staple food crops in the face of multiple constraints: climate change; resource scarcity; and ecosystem preservation. Although agricultural production has increased significantly, it is not keeping pace with demand. This is especially true of important staples, such as cassava and rice, where gains in yield have been comparatively lower than for commodities like maize and soy bean.

Already, today, one in seven people worldwide suffer malnutrition and yet recent studies suggest crop production would need to double to keep pace with projected food demands. Population growth, increased consumption of meat, and more resources devoted to bioenergy production are all stressing our ability to adequately feed the world.

How ILSI’s Work on Sustainable Agriculture and Nutrition Security Makes A Difference

ILSI Research Foundation’s “Seven Food System Metrics of Sustainable Nutrition Security” make it possible — for the first time — to holistically and accurately measure food system performance across all relevant domains of interest: nutrition, environment, economic, social, resilience, safety, and waste.

Publication: Seven Food System Metrics of Sustainable Nutrition Security


ILSI Research Foundation is leading an effort to greatly expand the use of open data in nutrition modeling, in close collaboration with the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative. Initial public announcements about this work are planned to take place at an international Open Data Summit that GODAN has planned for New York City in September 2016.

ILSI Research Foundation Scientific Session: Harvesting Open Data for Nutrition Security


ILSI Europe is participating in the European Union-funded program SUSFANS (Metrics, Models and Foresight for European SUStainable Food And Nutrition Security). This multipartner and multisector effort will result in an analytical framework for a comprehensive assessment of food and nutrition security in Europe.

SUSFANS