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Objective

While the rates of overweight and obesity are growing in low-, middle- and high-income countries due to overconsumption of calories and physical inactivity, persistent rates of micronutrient deficiencies exist across many populations. These growing public health challenges require unique interventions across many settings. The ILSI Research Foundation is committed to improving nutrition and health through cross-disciplinary research, with a particular focus on improving the accessibility of food composition and dietary intake data, open data and methods harmonization, and the drivers of food choice.

Collaborators & Partners

Crop Composition Working Group, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, University of Florida, International Food Policy Research Institute, University of Arkansas, University of Illinois, World Agricultural Economic and Environmental Services, and Washington State University

Current Programs

The ILSI Research Foundation's active programs related to sustainable nutrition security include:

Fruit & Vegetable Supply Chains: Climate Adaptation & Mitigation Opportunities

The ILSI Research Foundation is co-leading a project that will help the US maintain a nutritious, reliable, affordable, and environmentally-sound food supply.

Crop Composition Database

The ILSI Rese.arch Foundation’s CCDB is a curated, open resource that provides data on the natural variability in the nutritional composition (e.g., nutrients, anti-nutrients, and secondary metabolites) of key crop species.

World Nutrient Databases for Dietary Studies

The ILSI Research Foundation has compiled a catalogue of national, regional, and international food composition databases used for dietary assessments. This interactive, online resource is available to the public.

Past Work

The ILSI Research Foundation's concluded projects in the area of sustainable nutrition security include:

Resources

Innovative Foods and Ingredients

Minneapolis, MN, USA

Dr. Morven McLean, ILSI Research Foundation Executive Director, will be participating in the Innovative Foods and Ingredients conference series, organized and convened by the Institute on Science for Global Policy.

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Next-Generation Food Shock Modeling

Aspen, CO, USA

Co-sponsored by the ILSI Research Foundation and organized by the Aspen Global Change Institute, this workshop will facilitate transformational change by bringing together experts from multiple fields to advance next-generation tools and decision support systems that confront current and future challenges to food security and improved nutrition.

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40th National Nutrient Databank Conference

Minneapolis, MN, USA

Dr. Morven McLean delivered a presentation about the ILSI Research Foundation’s World Nutrient Databases for Dietary Studies (WNDDS) at the 40th National Nutrient Databank Conference (NNDC).

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Mechanistic Crop Modeling and Life-Cycle Assessment Modeling Workshops

Gainesville, FL, USA

Two workshops for the Climate Adaptation and Mitigation in Fruit and Vegetable Supply Chains project were held at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Workshop participants included scientists and extension specialists from the ILSI Research Foundation, University of Florida, University of Arkansas, Washington State University, and the World Agricultural Economic and Environmental Services.

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Dr. Morven McLean delivered a presentation about the ILSI Research Foundation's World Nutrient Databases for Dietary Studies (WNDDS) at the 40th National Nutrient Databank Conference (NNDC). The conference is held bi-annually to foster communication among nutrient database generators and users. This year, it took place at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Policy Conference Center.

Participation was open to researchers from academia, the food industry, government, and other interested parties. More information is available on the NNDC website.

The World Nutrient Databases for Dietary Studies

New Information Portal about Food Composition Databases and Tables

Download the Presentation

Designed with researchers, dietitians, students, government officials, and database managers in mind, WNDDS is a curated clearinghouse for information about food composition databases and tables, providing an online, publicly accessible and valuable reference tool for researchers and other stakeholders interested in food composition data. WNDDS serves to aide users in their initial assessment of the scope and depth of nutritional composition data available for certain countries and regions.

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The 2nd Annual Workshop for the Climate Adaptation and Mitigation in Fruit and Vegetable Supply Chains project was held at the Clore Center in Prosser, Washington. Workshop participants included scientists and extension specialists from the University of Florida, ILSI Research Foundation, Washington State University, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), University of Arkansas, University of Illinois, and World Agricultural Economic and Environmental Services (WAEES).

Co-led by the University of Florida and ILSI Research Foundation, the multi-organization team was awarded a four-year grant by the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA/NIFA) last year. The team will be using various forms of modeling to study US fruit and vegetable supply chains, with a focus on climate adaptation and mitigation opportunities.

Agenda

Monday, June 23, 2018

Pre-Meeting on Life Cycle Assessment Modeling with Washington State University Extension Personnel
Session Lead(s): Mr. Chad Kruger and Ms. Kirti Rajagopalan

Tour of Hartley Produce's Packing Facility and Nearby Fields
Session Lead(s): Mr. Chad Kruger and Ms. Kirti Rajagopalan

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Crop Modeling Update on Year 1 Crops
Session Lead(s): Dr. Senthold Asseng and Dr. Claudio Stöckle

Discussion about the CO2 Fertilization Effect
Session Lead(s): Mr. Tim Sulser and Dr. Claudio Stöckle

First Annual Report to NIFA
Session Lead(s): Dr. Dave Gustafson

Communications Overview
Session Lead(s): Ms. Layla Tarar 

Integrated Scientific Publication Strategy
Session Lead(s): Dr. Morven McLean

Plan for Integrated Modeling of Year 1 Crops
Session Lead(s): Dr. Dave Gustafson, Dr. John Kruse, Dr. Greg Thoma, Mr. Tim Sulser

Proposed Strategy for Crop Modeling of Year 2 Crops
Session Lead(s): Dr. Dave Gustafson and Dr. Senthold Asseng

Review of Outcomes from the Pre-Meeting
Session Lead(s): Mr. Chad Kruger and Ms. Kirti Rajagopalan

University of Florida Extension Updates and New Stakeholder Engagement Opportunities
Session Lead(s): Dr. Kati Migliaccio

Discussions about Expanding the Current Project and Preview of the AGCI Workshop
Session Lead(s): Dr. Dave Gustafson

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Brief Introductions with Representatives from the Washington State Wine Commission
Session Lead(s): Mr. Chad Kruger

Project Overview
Session Lead(s): Dr. Dave Gustafson and Dr. Senthold Asseng

Overview of Current Washington State Wine Commission Research Priorities
Session Lead(s): Mr. Rick Hamman

Discussion of Possible Areas for Future Collaboration
Session Lead(s): Mr. Chad Kruger 

Vineyard Tour with an Emphasis on Resource Use Efficiency
Session Lead(s): Mr. Kevin Corliss

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Preferred Source(s) of County-Level Water Availability Data
Session Lead(s): Dr. Greg Thoma, Dr. Ranjan Parajuli, Dr. John Kruse, and Mr. Tim Sulser

Project Assessment and Action Items
Session Lead(s): Dr. Dave Gustafson and Dr. Senthold Asseng

Advisory Committee and Stakeholder Engagement Opportunities
Session Lead(s): Dr. Dave Gustafson

Washington State University Extension Updates
Session Lead(s): Ms. Kirti Rajagopalan

Project Timeline and Crop Prioritization
Session Lead(s): Dr. Dave Gustafson and Dr. Senthold Asseng

Integrated Paper Working Session
Session Lead(s): Dr. Greg Thoma

Participants from the Project

Senthold

Dr. Senthold Asseng

University of Florida

Dave Gustafson

Dr. Dave Gustafson

ILSI Research Foundation

Gerrit Hoogenboom (UFL)

Dr. Gerrit Hoogenboom

University of Florida

Tina

Ms. Tina Karimi

Washington State University

Chad

Mr. Chad Kruger

Washington State University

John

Dr. John Kruse

WAEES

Staff_Mclean_updated

Dr. Morven McLean

ILSI Research Foundation

Kati

Dr. Kati Migliaccio

University of Florida

Ranjan Parajuli

Dr. Ranjan Parajuli

University of Arkansas

Kirti

Ms. Kirti Rajagopalan

Washington State University

Washington State University

Dr. Claudio Stöckle

Washington State University

Tim_edited

Mr. Tim Sulser

IFPRI

ILSI Research Foundation Staff Layla Tarar

Ms. Layla Tarar

ILSI Research Foundation

Greg

Dr. Greg Thoma

University of Arkansas

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Two workshops for the Climate Adaptation and Mitigation in Fruit and Vegetable Supply Chains project were held at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Workshop participants included scientists and extension specialists from the ILSI Research Foundation, University of Florida, University of Arkansas, Washington State University, and World Agricultural Economic and Environmental Services.

Overview

February 21: Integration of Mechanistic Crop & LCA Modeling

One of the project's unique aspects is the integration of mechanistic crop modeling with life-cycle assessment (LCA) modeling. This day-long workshop provided an opportunity for participants from both the mechanistic crop modeling and LCA modeling teams to identify and harmonize specific data items across the models. Action items that required post workshop follow-up were identified, and a summary of workshop outcomes was prepared and shared with the full project team.

February 22: Identification of Data Sources for LCA Modeling

The development of comprehensive LCA models across entire supply chains for the project’s target crops (potatoes, tomatoes, oranges, green beans, strawberries, sweet corn, carrots, and spinach) is essential to the project. This required the identification of data sources describing all key processes throughout the various supply chains. This day-long workshop provided an opportunity for the LCA modeling team to meet with supply chain experts in person. In addition to identifying necessary data sources, other beneficial outcomes included: (1) creating broad regional awareness about the project; (2) receiving broad stakeholder input; (3) connecting with other researchers already conducting relevant work on this topic; and (4) establishing a regional stakeholder community for future engagement.

Agenda

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Overview of LCA Modeling and Data Needs from Mechanistic Crop Models
Presenters: Dr. Greg Thoma and Dr. Ranjan Parajuli

Overview of Mechanistic Crop Modeling and Outputs
Presenter: Dr. Claudio Stöckle

Overview of Mechanistic Crop Modeling and Outputs
Presenters: Dr. Senthold Asseng, Dr. Gerrit Hoogenboom, and Dr. Chuang Zhao

Discussion Session: Units

Discussion Session: Can LCA Modeling Outputs be used by Mechanistic Crop Models?

Discussion Session: Next Steps

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Overview of Project
Presenter: Dr. Dave Gustafson

Presentations: Position, Background, and Expertise with Project Crops
Presenters: Extension Specialists and Unit Administrators invited by the Extension Team

General Overview of LCA Modeling and Data Needs for Crop Models
Presenters: Dr. Greg Thoma and Dr. Ranjan Parajuli

Discussion Session: How to Obtain Necessary Data
Discussion Leaders: Dr. Greg Thoma and Dr. Ranjan Parajuli

Hands-on Session: Data Transfer into LCA models

Discussion Session: Next Steps

Participants from the Project

Senthold

Dr. Senthold Asseng

University of Florida, Gainesville

Dave Gustafson

Dr. Dave Gustafson

ILSI Research Foundation

Gerrit Hoogenboom (UFL)

Dr. Gerrit Hoogenboom

University of Florida, Gainesville

John

Dr. John Kruse

World Agricultural Economic and Environmental Services

Kati

Dr. Kati Migliaccio

University of Florida, Gainesville

Ranjan Parajuli

Dr. Ranjan Parajuli

University of Arkansas

Washington State University

Dr. Claudio Stöckle

Washington State University

Greg

Dr. Greg Thoma

University of Arkansas

Chuang Zhao

Dr. Chuang Zhao

University of Florida, Gainesville

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DOI: 10.3390/su8030196

Background: The world faces an escalating challenge to meet accelerating demand for sustainably-produced, nutritious food in the face of human population pressure, resource scarcity, ecosystem degradation, and climate change. As the ambitious Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) give way to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), about 795 million people globally are still without sufficient calories and at least two billion lack sufficient nutrients.  The ILSI Research Foundation has developed and published a new paper giving a unique set of metrics for measuring food system performance.  The metrics make it possible to set meaningful goals, track progress, and evaluate the potential impact of food system interventions intended to improve sustainability and human nutrition outcomes.

Abstract: Sustainability considerations have been absent from most food security assessments conducted to date, despite the tremendous economic, environmental, and social implications of meeting accelerating food demand in the face of water shortages and climate change. In addition, previous food security work has generally focused only on achieving adequate calories, rather than addressing dietary diversity and micronutrient adequacy, both of which are critical to maintaining a healthy overall nutritional status. In response to the limitations of previous assessments, a new methodology is proposed here based on the concept of “sustainable nutrition security” (SNS). This novel assessment methodology is intended to remedy both kinds of deficiencies in the previous work by defining seven metrics, each based on a combination of multiple indicators, for use in characterizing sustainable nutrition outcomes of food systems: (1) food nutrient adequacy; (2) ecosystem stability; (3) food affordability and availability; (4) sociocultural wellbeing; (5) food safety; (6) resilience; and (7) waste and loss reduction. Each of the metrics comprises multiple indicators that are combined to derive an overall score (0–100). A novel SNS assessment methodology based on these metrics can be deployed by decision-makers and investors to set meaningful goals, track progress, and evaluate the potential impact of food system interventions intended to improve sustainability and human nutrition outcomes.

Download the journal article here.

Resources

Download the metric paper news release here.

Download the 7 food system metrics of sustainable nutrition security infographic available in English or Spanish.

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