Our mission is to conduct interdisciplinary research in collaboration with societal stakeholders and end-users in order to enhance food & nutrition security by identifying policies and strategies that are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable, and increase the quality of life. 

The Centre strongly endorses the view that food and nutrition security is part of a complex system of factors, including economic, agro-ecological, technological, health and cultural aspects. Hence, the Centre’s approach is to take an interdisciplinary approach while maintaining transparency and tractability of assumptions, models and scenarios.  

One objective is to enrich existing (monodisciplinary) theory and tools to account for the physical, economic, social and cultural reality of production, transport, consumption and impact of food and food components on quality of life.  

A second objective is to ensure that research is demand-driven, starting from real-world problems. Here, the Centre endorses transdisciplinary approaches as well as capacity building as important components of research projects. Co-creation of knowledge with relevant stakeholders and actors is a key component of this venture.  

Finally, partnerships with international and Dutch knowledge institutes are sought to complement the Centre’s knowledge and expertise. 

The Centre can be contacted via info.acwfs@vu.nl

Aims and objectives

The aim is to bring together a broad range of researchers with the ambition to foster interdisciplinary cooperation in research, education and outreach


The Centre is an interdisciplinary institute bringing together people from various institutes and Faculties of the VU


The roots of the ACFWS can be traced back to the Centre for World Food Studies; in Dutch: Stichting Onderzoek Wereldvoedselvoorziening or SOW-VU