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A healthy world through sustainable food systems.

The World Food System Center was established at ETH Zurich based on the belief that the real-world solutions needed to tackle the challenges our food system faces require collaboration from global and local stakeholders across the entire food value chain.

In order to do this, we support multi- and transdisciplinary approaches to addressing these challenges through research, education, and outreach activities that contribute to sustainable food security.

Our Food System Needs You

The WFSC, together with the Yamsys Project and the Swiss Center for Scientific Research in Côte d'Ivoire, is pleased to announce next year’s World Food System Summer School, which will be held from 27 Jan - 10 Feb 2018 in Côte d'Ivoire. Applications must to be submitted online by Monday 03 July 2017 at 8 AM CET. Read more here.


New Research Grants Awarded

The Center is pleased to announce 1.6 million CHF awarded to five new cross-disciplinary, food system research projects funded through the World Food System Grants Platform. Read more here.

Latest News from the WFSC

16.06.2017 | WFSC

Smart farming key to developing sustainable agriculture

WFSC members Profs. Nina Buchmann, Achim Walter, and Robert Finger joined forces to publish an opinion article in PNAS focusing on the fourth revolution in agriculture triggered by the tremendous influx of data from information and communication technologies. Read more 

13.06.2017 | WFSC

Agriculture: The driven and the driver of climate change

EU Grants Access Science Stories features the research group of WFSC Chair Prof. Nina Buchmann. The multifaceted research challenges and numerous international collaborations of the group are highlighted. Read more 

12.06.2017 | Peter Rüegg

Fighting fire blight and detecting Salmonella

ETH researchers have created an effective weapon against the plant disease fire blight and a new method for detection of Salmonella. Both are based on particular viruses that attack only one species of bacteria. Read more 

07.06.2017 | WFSC

Innovating to build resilience in food systems

A consortium of over 50 food systems practitioners attended the workshop “Innovations for Building Resilience in Food Systems,” organized as part of the WFSC’s a flagship research project on the topic of resilience in food systems, led by Prof. Johan Six. Read more 

06.06.2017 | Eduardo Pérez, ETH Zürich

Disruptive forces in the food system

Digitalisation is drastically changing the agro-food sector. Though this is not the first time that we face technological disruption, the speed and scale of change is greater than ever before. How can we move forward responsibly? Read more 

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World Food System Conference 2015

The WFSC organized an international conference from June 21-26 to bring together researchers to discuss ways in which they are "Tackling World Food System Challenges." It took place at Monte Verità, the ETH Zurich conference venue in Ascona, Switzerland run by the Congressi Stefano Franscini.

Find information about the program, the presentations, and more

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