World Food System
At present, there are over seven billion people living on Earth, and by the year 2050 that figure is expected to have reached nine billion. How to feed that growing world population while at the same time preserving limited natural resources is one of the biggest challenges facing mankind.
At ETH Zurich, researchers in agricultural and environmental sciences are working across the disciplines to find solutions in the form of a world food system that guarantees global food security.
With its World Food System Center, which brings together professors from different disciplines, ETH Zurich is contributing to the long-term security of world food supplies. The aim is to come up with common principles for producing high-quality and healthy food sustainably and for safeguarding stable supplies for a healthy world population. To ensure that it can spread its practically oriented knowledge, and train the urgently needed experts, the centre works closely with politicians, industry and institutions in Switzerland and elsewhere.
Competence Centres and Initiatives
World Food System Center (WFSC)
The WFS Center was established in late 2011 to build on the expertise of the ETH Zurich to address the existing and emerging challenges at the nexus of global food and nutrition security, food production and processing and environmental, economic and social wellbeing. The Center brings the broad expertise of the ETH Zurich and eawag under one roof while forging new synergies and relationships with key external partners. Through this approach the Center forms a platform for interdisciplinary teams to collaborate on research, education and outreach activities in line with strategic focus areas.
Competence Center Environment and Sustainability CCES
ETH Zurich is the leading house of the Competence Center Environment and Sustainability in the ETH domain. The Center promotes sustainability related projects and co-operational activities within the ETH domain, not only between the two Technical Universities ETH Zurich and ETH Lausanne but also between the four research institutions within the ETH domain: the Aquatic Research Institute (Eawag), the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa). The CCES specifically promotes interdisciplinary collaboration activities and places great value on the early recognition of potential environmental problems.