Nutrition security requires a system approach
Many factors influence food and nutrition security, from crop growth and food processing, to consumer behavior and the economic gap between rich and poor populations. Addressing food and nutrition security therefore requires an integrated food systems perspective.
Diversifying food sources
In 2015, FACCE-JPI and JPI Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life (HDHL) organised a Grand Debate which was supported by the European Commission, and prepared a joint paper. Later, together with JPI Oceans, they formed a joint Knowledge Hub and a joint research programme with a system approach. The provisional scope involves the impact of climate change on the nutritional make-up of food and diets, and how changes impact health. Strategies may include diversifying food sources (from land and sea), improved management practices across the entire food chain, and a facilitating role for industry and food retailers, with consumer acceptance as the key driver for bringing about change.
Dialogue and data sharing
The aim of the Knowledge Hub is to create a sustainable network for coordinating and integrating work throughout the food value chain, by bringing together researchers from diverse disciplines (e.g. nutrition, food science, medicine, plant and animal physiology and breeding, environment, behavioral science, economics and sociology). Education, dialogue, data sharing, and co-design of solutions with stakeholders will support this new approach.
The research is expected to contribute to the implementation of the European Commission’s FOOD 2030 initiative, and to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The new Knowledge Hub will also collaborate with Horizon 2020 Action FitforFood2030.