The JPI HDHL provides a roadmap for harmonised and structured research efforts in the area of food, nutrition, health and physical activity and offers defined priorities to reach the goals as identified in the Vision Document of September 2010. According to the vision of JPI, the Scientific Advisory Board has drafted a Strategic Research Agenda. The SAB members which were selected on the basis of their expertise and scientific standing met many times and the resulting draft agenda was subjected to web consultations and national consultations to input and set priorities.
After finalisation and approval by the Management Board, the Strategic Research Agenda has been published in the context of the 1st International Conference of JPI HDHL, which took place on June 14th in The Hague, The Netherlands.
The SRA is structured along the lines of establishing networks and standardising new and existing data in Europe and making these databases accessible, followed by joint research programmes. Future joint programming agendas are envisaged to be developed within a (virtual) European Nutrition and Food Research Institute. The research needs to be framed by effective strategies for joined research including new infrastructure but also by development and innovation activities. Efficient communication within the JPI but also in dissemination to all stakeholders is most crucial for success.
The following three key interacting research areas were identified and are described in the Strategic Research Agenda.
- DETERMINANTS OF DIET AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: ensuring the healthy choice is the easy choice for all consumers. The challenge is to understand the most effective ways for improving public health through interventions targeting motivation, ability and opportunity to adopt and maintain healthy dietary and physical activity behaviours.
- DIET AND FOOD PRODUCTION: developing healthy, high-quality, safe and sustainable foods. The challenge is to stimulate the European consumers to select foods that fit into a healthy diet and to stimulate the food industry to produce healthier, high-quality foods in a safe, sustainable and affordable way.
- DIET-RELATED CHRONIC DISEASES: preventing diet-related, chronic diseases and increasing the quality of life. The challenge is to prevent or delay the onset of diet-related chronic diseases by gaining a better understanding of the impact of nutrition and lifestyle across Europe on human health and diseases.
For each of these research areas, primary initiatives and research challenges are described for the periods 2012-2014 and 2015-2019. Horizontal issues to achieve to primary goal for 2020, a full integration of the research areas and the establishment of a European Nutrition and Food Research Institute, are formulated in the last chapter.