Strategic Scientific Alliance on ‘Sustainable Natural Resource Management for Adequate and Safe Food Provision’ (Sure+)


A group of researchers from Wageningen University and China has successfully applied for funding (ca. 3.1 million Euros) with the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KWAW) and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) in China to form a “Strategic Scientific Alliance on Sustainable Natural Resource Management for Adequate and Safe Food Provision” (SURE+).

The project will be carried out during the period 2016 – 2021. It consists of six sub-projects related to (1) Scale enlargement and environmental pollution, (2) Water pollution and water use in agriculture, (3) Improved manure management, (4) Institutional frameworks for adequate and safe food provision, (5) Impact assessment of resource management interventions, and (6) Integrated management interventions in food systems.

The aim of the alliance is to carry out interdiscipilinary research on the land, water and food nexus in China, to formulate coherent recommendations for adequate and safe food provision based on sustainable resource management, and to develop innovative methodologies that can be applied for examining similar problems in other parts of the world. It builds on existing long-term relationships of research groups in Wageningen with Nanjing Agricultural University, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China Agricultural University, Beijing, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shijiazhuang.