The Netherlands, like many other countries, face a number of challenging issues such as obesity, malnutrition, diabetes, climate change and scarcity of resources for food production. While the Netherlands carry out high-level food & nutrition research, this is nevertheless also fragmented. A more coherent and integrated research policy is needed to deal effectively with challenges in the areas of food, health, and sustainability. That is why the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) and the Dutch Top Institute Food and Nutrition (TiFN) initiated The Delta Plan Nutrition Research.

Recently, the plan was presented to three Dutch Ministries (the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport; Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature & Food Quality). The plan was co-created with the Dutch mirror group of the JPI HDHL and sets out a framework identifying themes and research needs that the Netherlands should focus on, and which can lead to new breakthroughs. It advocates for a more coherent and integrated research policy to deal effectively with challenges in the areas of food, health, and sustainability.

The Delta Plan Nutrition Research focusses on three main topics:

1. Sustainable food, sustainable nutrition
2. Nutrition & Behaviour
3. Nutrition & Health

Other recurring themes in the research agenda are the ageing society and the widening gulf between socioeconomic classes. In addition, sustainability and health go hand in hand. The Dutch Delta Plan for Nutrition Research aligns national research with the JPI HDHL Strategic Research Agenda & Fit4Food2030 priorities.

For more information about the research priorities please see the English summary