Agro, Food and Horticulture
Within the NWO theme Agro, Food & Horticulture, scientists are conducting innovative research into the major issues in the agricultural sector, food industry and horticulture. The research has three priority areas: sustainable and safe production, healthy food, and food security from a global perspective. The challenge is to supply the world with healthy food as sustainably as possible.
The agricultural sector, food industry and horticulture together make a contribution of ten per cent to the Dutch economy. Dutch exports of agricultural and food products are the second largest in the world.
By 2050, we are expected to have nine billion mouths to feed. Current production methods will be incapable of meeting these growing needs. Due to scarcer raw materials, uncertain yields due to climate change, and increasing damage to our environment, it is necessary to change over to a sustainable production system that produces greater yields while respecting animals, people and the environment.