The University of Cologne Competence Area “Food Security” and the Institute of Geography invite you to the “2nd Cologne Conference on Food for Future” to be held between 13-14 September 2021 in Cologne, Germany (initially scheduled for 14 – 15 September 2020)

The general objective of the conference is to bring together scientists with different expertise to discuss cross-disciplinary aspects of the future of food production, development of new products & processes, land use change in urban and peri-urban agriculture and the impact of development on everyday rural livelihood to ensure global food and nutrition security.

This year’s conference focuses on:

  • Functional Food
  • Plant-Environment Interactions
  • Urbanization and Development
  • Food and Rural Livelihoods

We call for oral presentations and posters. Young investigators from developing countries have the opportunity to apply for travel grants.

Please find more information on www.food-for-future.eu

The ISDC has a mandate for:

  • Foresight work to inform CGIAR’s longer term research strategy;
  • Horizon scanning to provide analysis on how emerging trends and developments can be taken into account in CGIAR’s work;
  • Priority setting exercises and analyses integrating both ex-post and ex-ante analyses;
  • Guidance for periodic proposal assessment processes; and
  • Other functions, on the strategic direction of CGIAR and the value of its research agenda.

Successful candidates will be appointed to serve for three years to help the ISDC contribute to the strategic and portfolio planning and positioning of CGIAR. Specific disciplines and skills needed: water and soil management; non-economic social sciences; key development process experience and stakeholder engagement; and value chains and the private sector.

Applications and nominations must be submitted by not later than 6pm, local Montpellier, France time on Monday 1 June 2020 via email to [email protected]

Source : CGIAR, 07.05.2020

The CHIC project aims to develop sets of new chicory varieties to produce, on one hand, more and healthier inulin food fiber and, on the other hand, identify and produce medicinal terpenes in sufficient amounts. These varieties are developed via genome editing. Safety, socio-economic and environmental impact as well as stakeholders’ needs and concerns when implementing such new varieties are also investigated in this project.

The CHIC project is looking as well into the regulation and legislation of new plant breeding techniques comparing approaches across the world which could inspire solutions for Europe. Right now, it is dealing with two possible futures. Indeed products of CHIC projects could be regulated as gene edited only or GMO products.

EPSO is partner in the CHIC project focusing on stakeholder engagement and supporting communication.

Read more about CHIC progress in its third newsletter organised around the following focuses :

  1. Development of four conceptually different New Plant Breeding techniques (NPBTs)
  2. Implementation of NPBTs for dietary inulin
  3. Implementation of NPBT in chicory for bioactive terpenes
  4. Technical and risk and regulatory assessments of NPBTs
  5. Socio-economic and environmental impacts on the whole vale chain
  6. Stakeholder engagement
  7. Communication and dissemination
  8. Commercial exploitation of chicory as a multipurpose crop

CHIC is a research and innovation project supported through the EU Horizon 2020 funding programme with a budget of €7.3 million

Contacts: Macarena Sanz, ID Consortium, ES – Dirk Bosch, Wageningen University, NL (Coordinator)

CGIAR, the world’s largest public research network on food systems, is changing identity to One CGIAR with a sharpened focus to 2030, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It will integrate management, policies, and services; finding new, more impactful ways of doing research; sharing and investing more, pooled funding; and unifying its governance, including creation of the One CGIAR Common Board.

CGIAR’s Nominations Committee invites applications from qualified individuals to serve as members of the One CGIAR Common Board (anticipated appointment 1 September 2020). Board members will be central to the transformation of CGIAR and its mission to deliver on global goals. The role presents opportunities to work with leaders across the CGIAR System, forging new linkages and partnerships in pursuit of an innovative, vital agenda.

For more details, please visit: https://www.sri-executive.com/offer/?id=8687

Source : CGIAR, 17.04.2020

Genome editing: Improving legislation and starting flagships to better address climate, environmental, food and health challenges

2nd Informal meeting in Brussels 24.1.2020

Brussels, 24.4.2020

On 24 January 2020 EPSO invited tandems of member-scientists and policy makers from a dozen countries across Europe to a second open-minded, informal meeting to assess the situation for research and development on New Plant Breeding Technologies (NPBTs) after the ruling of the ECJ in July 2018.

The difficulties in the implementation of the ruling, the possible need for changes to present legislation and the status of activities in different member states and associated countries were discussed. Flagship projects with potential field releases were a further point of consideration. There shall be a follow up meeting in autumn 2020.

As explained in our statement of 19.2.2019, EPSO offers to collaborate with policy makers to develop an appropriate future-ready regulation to enable the European public sector, small- and medium-sized companies and farmers to contribute more comprehensively to food and nutritional security and to use all available tools to reduce the environmental impact of agriculture. Notwithstanding the technical option retained, EPSO supports a science-based revision of the present European legislation establishing a more proportionate product-based risk assessment. EPSO is also willing to contribute to the societal debate on genome editing and to communicate in a fact-based and yet accessible manner about innovative plant science and its societal role.

Ralf Wilhelm, Ernst van den Ende and Karin Metzlaff

Read the 2nd meeting report

Contacts:

  • Ralf Wilhelm, JKI / DE and co-chair EPSO Agricultural Technologies WG
  • Ernst van den Ende, WUR / NL and EPSO Board member
  • Alan Schulman, LUKE / FI and EPSO President
  • Karin Metzlaff, EPSO Executive Director