Dissemination and Participation
The WFSC uses a variety of means to communicate to wider audiences about food system topics and research findings from projects supported by the Center. To support a participatory approach in our research, the WFSC establishes advisory boards with stakeholder representatives who accompany the research project whenever appropriate. This allows the projects to remain implementation oriented, integrate new knowledge, data and networks, and to involve the relevant stakeholders from the start of the research.
The Center also makes use of existing platforms to improve the communication of findings from the work of the member groups.
The ETH launched a new sustainability blog, Zukunftsblog, in fall 2013, with the world food system as one of its featured themes. The blog includes regular contributions from WFSC members who have written on topics such as the sustainability of chocolate and coffee, the future of family farming, resilience in food systems, and addressing micronutrient deficiencies.
In October 2013, ETH President Eichler welcomed over 100 representatives from Swiss business, policy and research to a special event highlighting the challenges confronting the world food system and the ways the sectors can work together to find solutions. Presentations by WFSC members and a panel discussion of researchers and agro-food industry representatives focused on the activities of the Center and the importance of cooperation between sectors to meet the challenge of feeding the world. Prof. Wilhelm Gruissem, Prof. Achim Walter, and Dr. Martijn Sonnevelt were invited speakers at the event.