Leibniz Research Alliance „Food and Nutrition”


Sustainable Food Production and Healthy Nutrition

The Leibniz Research Alliance "Sustainable Food Production and Healthy Nutrition" - abbreviated as Leibniz Research Alliance "Food and Nutrition" - pools the competence of 15 Leibniz research institutes from several disciplines in the field of food production and nutrition. It serves as a joint platform for decentralised and independent research of the Alliance partners.

The Leibniz Research Alliance "Food and Nutrition" considers itself an interdisciplinary research structure facing two societal challenges: the sustainable production of food and the promotion of healthy nutrition. Employing a transfer-oriented and scientific approach the Research Alliance focuses on the correlations between these two issues. The Research Alliance Partners have renowned expertise in their respective specialities as well as competencies across all relevant scales. Developing systemic scientific basics which meet the requirements of this complex interdisciplinary challenge is the main objective of the Research Alliance. Guidance in terms of healthy nutrition is to be offered to the general public based on those principles. Further goals are the promotion of enhanced networking between the partner institutes of the Research Alliance, the development and support of mutual research activities and the conveyance of knowledge to public, politics and media.

GFFA 2017

On the 19th of January 2017, starting 3:30 – 5:30 pm in the CityCube Berlin, level 3 the Leibniz Research Alliance 'Food and Nurtition' will take part in the panel discussion 


presumably being represented by Prof. Dr. Werner Kloas (IGB/LFV).

Organiser of the panel will be the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). In cooperation with the Institute for Water, Environment and Health of the United Nations University (UNU-INWEH) and the International Hydrological Programme of UNESCO (UNESCO-IHP), LRA 'Food and Nutrition' will tackle the grand challenges concerning water, wastewater and the role of agriculture in this multidimensional puzzle:

'Given the increasing competition over water usage, how can it be ensured that agriculture has access to water, and hence can provide the global population with food? What part can agriculture, as the largest user of water, play worldwide in the sustainable stewardship of water as a valuable resource? With existing fresh water resources becoming limited and over-exploited, climate change and water scarcity are ranking high among the biggest global challenges. Therefore, farmers have to look for alternative ways of covering their needs – like using wastewater. Wastewater is a valuable, and still in many countries untapped resource, which can help the agriculture, agroforestry and forestry sectors achieve food security and move towards climate change adaptation. However, wastewater used in agricultural fields often does not meet the required water quality criteria, let it be from the perspective of the farmers’ health and/or agricultural practices (e.g. high turbidity causing the clogging of irrigation pipes).

In the frame of the panel experts from different regions and organizations will discuss the current status of wastewater application in agriculture, its importance for achieving food security, existing challenges, relevance with SDG targets and ultimately the future steps forward.'

The panel discussion is a public event and we invite everyone who is interested to a lively and active participation and interesting discourse. Kindly note that you need to register for the conjuncture: registration to GFFA.

New rubric 'Repository'

For reasons of clarity we introduce the new rubric 'Repository' to our webpage. Henceforth events of the past can be found here. Newspaper articles and the like are still to be found under Research Alliance in the media, or Partners in the media.

Protein project

In December 2016 the Leibniz Research Alliance 'Food and Nutrition' starts the project Protein Paradoxes: Protein supply under the conditions of climate change – production, consumption and human health. The undertaking is funded by the Leibniz Association and will investigate possible protein supply strategies for future generations, facing climate change as well as a rapidly growing world population.

First english brochure of the LRA

Fresh off the press, this first English brochure of the Leibniz Research Alliance 'Sustainable Food Production and Healthy Nutrition' will facilitate the international cooperation and enhance the Research Alliances' visibility.

Legumes panel discussion

The Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Research (ZALF) invited to the Leibniz Association's headquarters on the 28th of October 2016, to discuss the prowess of beans and their relatives.

HLPE Colloquium 2016

Scientists, politicians and civil society met at the University of Hohenheim to discuss the topic 'Food Security and Nutrition in the context of the 2030 Agenda: Science and Knowledge for Action'.


Pilot Pflanzenöltechnologie Magdeburg (PPM) invited to the 2nd INSECTA conference to Magdeburg. Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB) was co-organiser and LRA contributed to the events' success by presenting a poster.