ERA-HDHL (2019) - KH Food and Nutrition Security

Food and Nutrition Security Knowledge Hub

In January 2019, the JPIs HDHL, FACCE and OCEANS jointly launched the "Knowledge Hub on Food and Nutrition Security" call, the 3rd Joint Funding Activity organised under the umbrella of the ERA-Net ERA-HDHL.


Providing FNS in a changing world is an urgent objective due to the increasingly interconnected challenges of natural resource scarcity, climate change, and population growth, which affect food systems in Europe and globally. Research and innovation in food systems play a key role in addressing several of the sustainability goals set by the United Nations.
The European Commission aims to tackle food and nutrition security (FNS) with research and innovation policies designed to future-proof food systems through a systemic approach referred to as FOOD2030 strategy. The objective of FOOD 2030 is to contribute to the transformation of European food systems so as to make them 'future-proof', i.e. sufficient, sustainable, resilient, responsible, diverse, competitive and inclusive.
Ensuring food and nutrition security is a complex issue, requiring an integrated food systems perspective. FACCE-JPI, JPI HDHL and JPI Oceans cover the necessary scientific fields to ensure integrated research across the whole food system, and therefore have the opportunity to create a bigger impact towards tackling societal challenges related to food and nutrition security.

Aim of the call

The overall aim of the Knowledge Hub on Food and Nutrition Security is to foster transnational and multidisciplinary collaboration and networking in order to accelerate, further characterize and to manage the impact of climate change on nutritional make-up of food, and to propose adaptive strategies/measures to ensure food and nutrition security.

For this, participating funding agencies from 10 countries will bring together research groups from various disciplines to form an international consortium that will design and implement the Knowledge Hub. The network will carry out joint multidisciplinary activities aiming at integrating complementary expertise, knowledge, facilities and databases in relevant areas on Food and Nutrition Security. The activities of the network should address current cross-cutting challenges in the field and may focus on:

  • Standardisation and harmonisation
  • Data handling, knowledge and data sharing
  • Addressing knowledge gaps
Participating countries
Country Funding Organisation Abbreviation
Belgium The Research Foundation - Flanders FWO
Czech Republic* The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports MEYS
France Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique INRA
Germany Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture BMEL
Ireland* Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine DAFM
Italy Ministero delle politiche agricole alimentari, forestali e del turismo Mipaaft
Latvia Ministry of Education and Science IZM
Norway The Research Council of Norway RCN
Portugal Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia FCT
Spain State Research Agency AEI

* Did not fund research projects in this call

Funded Knowledge Hub
Project Coordinator
SYSTEMIC Dr. Habtamu Alem,
The Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research, Norway

Prof. Marco Bindi,
University of Florence, Italy

Dr. Duarte Torres,
University of Porto, Portugal
More Information

Research Framework

Contact call Secretariat: AEI (Spain)

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s
H2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement n.696300

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