RTG 2654: Sustainable Food Systems

Call for abstracts - Symposium 2024

aula_klein Be part of exciting discussions all around transformations of the global agri-food system at the First Sustainable Food Systems Symposium. The first cohort of the Research Training Group invites you to exchange ideas and experiences, especially concerning interactions of food systems with the environment, with nutrition/health, and with the society. The call for abstracts is open! Please submit your extended abstracts for oral or poster presentations by February 29, 2024. More information...

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The application deadline for the 15 Doctoral Researchers in Food Systems Economics has ended. They will join the Research Training Group 2654 “Sustainable Food Systems” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) by 1 September 2024. Applicants can find updates regarding the status of applications here.

Welcome to the Research Training Group (RTG) "Sustainable Food Systems"

Obststand The Research Training Group (RTG) “Sustainable Food Systems” has been established in September 2021. The RTG combines excellent interdisciplinary research and graduate training related to the sustainability of global and local food systems.

Food and agriculture are playing key roles for many of the global challenges such as poverty, undernutrition, overweight and obesity, climate change, and biodiversity loss. It is obvious that the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) cannot be achieved without major changes in food production and consumption. But what types of changes are useful at what level and how these changes can be implemented politically, economically, and socially are open questions that will be addressed by the new RTG, focusing on both rich and poor countries.

The RTG is a joint initiative by the University of Göttingen’s Faculties of Agricultural Sciences and Economic Sciences and is implemented together with various international partners, including the International Food Policy Institute (IFPRI) in Washington DC, and KU Leuven in Belgium. The RTG is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).