The Inter Academy Panel (IAP) project meeting on “Food and Nutrition Security and Agriculture” was held from 3-5 April in Halle, Germany. Participants from the regional academy networks, The Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia (AASSA), The European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), Inter-American Network of Academies of Sciences (IANAS) and The Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) presented their project activities noting main conclusions, assessing what remains to be done to finalize country/regional outputs and how these outputs will be used at the regional level. The regional outputs of the networks will be used to advice the IAP global synthesis phase: in the context of the core template 10 questions, while exploring diversity within and between regions, and proposing priority issues for further assessment.
The Halle meeting combined plenary sessions with regional breakout sessions all aimed at reviewing accomplishments to date, identify topics to bring forward to the global phase and to discuss emerging issues. In addition, a presentation by Hans-Joerg Lutzeyer of the European Commission, reviewed recent European activities on food and nutrition security, of global relevance.