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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.

Latest News from the WFSC

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First Annual WFSC Resesarch Symposium

The 2016 Symposium of the World Food System Center will showcase food systems research being conducted at ETH Zurich. Presentations will include talks about our concluding projects and more than 40 posters featuring ongoing research.

Find further information and the program.


Date: 4. November 2016
Time: 17.30
Location: ETH Main Building, Room HG E 1.2 (Rämistrasse 101, 8092, Zurich)
Registration (free):  

14.10.2016 | WFSC

WFSC joins Swiss delegation at FAO

The Swiss National Committee of the FAO, including WFSC Executive Director Michelle Grant, is currently at FAO in Rome discussing the role of Switzerland in working towards sustainable food systems. Read more 

04.10.2016 | WFSC

Gina Garland wins SFIAR Award 2016

Gina Garland from the Sustainable Agroecosystems groups has been awarded the 2016 SFIAR Award for her work on the use of maize-pigeon pea intercropping to enhance organic phosphorus cycling and maize yields in Malawi. Read more 

01.10.2016 | Prof. Anthony Patt, ETH Zürich

On animal welfare, a green economy and climate change

In terms of direct democracy, the US state of Massachusetts is similar to Switzerland. A recent statewide initiative dealing with animal welfare and sales regulation provides an interesting parallel to the past Swiss initiative for a green economy, and Swiss climate policy more generally. Read more 

26.09.2016 | WFSC

WFSC Public Lecture on Diversification in Food Systems

The WFSC is organizing a public lecture on 5 October at 17.30 in the ETH Zurich Main Building (HG E5). Keynote speaker Emile Frison will introduce the findings of the recently published IPES-Food report “From Uniformity to Diversity: A paradigm shift from industrial agriculture to diversified agroecological systems”. 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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