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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.