Leibniz Research Alliance „Food and Nutrition”


Sustainable Food Production and Healthy Nutrition

The Leibniz Research Alliance 'Sustainable Food Production and Healthy Nutrition(abbr. 'Food and Nutrition' LRA FN) bundles the competences of 13 Leibniz research institutes from several disciplines in the field of food production and healthy nutrition. It serves as a partnership structure and aims to stimulate and strengthen interdisciplinary cooperation, and to generate innovative research synergies.

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. By employing a transfer-oriented scientific approach the Research Alliance places an emphasis on the various interlinkages between these two issues. All Alliance partners have internationally renowned expertise in their respective disciplines and encourage interdisciplinary cooperation to accelerate research progress in the field. The joint development of scientific foundations and highly relevant knowledge in the spectrum of this interdisciplinary issue represents the main objective of the Alliance partners. 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 an effective knowledge transfer aimed at researchers, policy, the general public, and the media. In summary, the immediate objectives of the Research Alliance are

  •  to build up a research network of high-level experts in the field,
  • to develop a cooperative partnership for innovative and relevant research projects, and
  • to ensure an efficient knowledge transfer to science, policy, and to the general public.


Expert Panel Discussion at the GFFA

Feed for Life! - Alternatives in the Feeding Sector
18th of January 2018, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m., City Cube Berlin

Language: English with simultaneous translation to German

The panel is organised by the current Research Alliance Project 'Protein Paradoxes' and will take place in the frame of the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA). Together with external experts scientists of the Leibniz Research Alliance 'Sustainable Food Production and Healthy Nutrition' discuss chances and possibilities of the global feed production, with focus on sustainably produced protein-rich fodder:

• We propose a new approach to animal feed, making stronger use of alternative protein sources like insects, algae and legumes.

• We will dispute whether it makes sense to use concentrated feed, when free-range animals like grazing ruminants could turn grass into valuable protein, whilst pigs, chickens and fish are predestined to upgrade rest streams.

• We also approach systems like Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (for seafood and fish) or Aquaponics (for freshwater fish), both attempting to apply circular principles found in nature to farming.

• Finally we will consider whether alternative feed production is able to still humanity's growing hunger for animal-based food and to which extend a sustainable production of animal products can be given.



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ALDI Nord Stiftungs GmbH supports LRA FN

The ALDI Nord Stiftungs GmbH holds a strong social commitment to partners and projects which promote community and environment. For its commitment in the field of sustainable food production and healthy nutrition, the ALDI Nord Stiftungs GmbH supports the Leibniz Research Alliance Food and Nutrition, in particular the project ‘Protein Paradoxes: Protein supply under the conditions of climate change – production, consumption and human health’ with a generous financial grant. These funds will contribute to the continued research and development of the project, which aims to develop a strategy for the protein supply of the future. 


Expert Panel Discussion at the GFFA

On Thursday 18th of January 2018, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm our scientists together with further experts will discuss crucial challenges and opportunities as well as innovative options and imperative needs for a future-proof and sustainable feed production at the 10. Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) held at the CityCube Berlin. Our topic: 'Feed for Life!  Alternatives in the Feeding Sector'. We would like to invite you to actively participate in this discussion thus adding substance to our current discourse.



The ATB is now available via Facebook and Twitter

With pleasure we inform you that the Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy  (ATB) has now stepped into the world of Social Media. We set up an officially verified Facebook  and Twitter account. Keep yourself informed as well on the social channels and find news, event announcements and other knowledgeable information about the ATB.

Master thesis in LRA FN's joint project 'Protein Paradoxes'

We are proud to announce the master thesis of Siiri Mäkelä, which was curated by Dr. Florian Schierhorn from the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies  (IAMO) in the LRA FN's joint project 'Protein Paradoxes': Effectiveness of policy instruments to reduce the environmental impact of livestock production in the EU.

Small Stakeholder Meeting (SSM)

LRA FN's very first Small Stakeholder Meeting (SSM) took place on the 7th of September 2017 parallel to the international insect-venue INSECTA. The platform, provided by LRA FN's joint project 'Protein Paradoxes', presented scientists, politicians and representatives of the industrial sector with the opportunity for exchange and networking.

Days of dialogue 'Food economics'

On the 6th of July 2017 we invited you to get to know LRA 'Food and Nutrition's' new project 'Protein paradoxes' during the Days of dialogue 'Food economics' on Berlin's Washingtonplatz. 

Long Night of Science - Berlin/Potsdam

The 'Smartest Night of the Year' drew an international and local audience to the atrium of the Leibniz Association in Berlin to discover the project 'Protein Paradoxes' of the Leibniz Research Alliance 'Food and Nutrition'.

LRA FN is partner to WFCon

The LRA 'Food and Nutrition' is partner to the first tagesspiegel World Food Convention (WFCon), which took place on the 22nd of June 2017 in Berlin.

Potsdame's Day of Science

The joint project 'protein paradoxes' of LRA 'Food and Nutrion' was presented to a broad audience during the Potsdam Day of Science (PTdW) on the 13th of May 2017.

GFFA 2017

On the 19th of January 2017, the Leibniz Research Alliance 'Food and Nutrition' took part in the panel discussion From toilet to table: how wastewater can contribute to food security and was represented by Prof. Dr. Werner Kloas (IGB/LFV). The panel was organized by 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' tackled the grand challenges concerning water, wastewater and the role of agriculture in this multidimensional puzzle.

Protein project

In December 2016 the Leibniz Research Alliance 'Food and Nutrition' began 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 investigates possible protein supply strategies for future generations facing climate change, as well as a rapidly growing world population.