“Global food security and food safety: The role of universities” is the topic of Tropentag 2018 from September 17 to 19 organised by Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium. The Tropentag is a development-oriented and interdisciplinary conference. It addresses issues of resource management, environment, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food, nutrition and related sciences in the context of rural development, sustainable resource use and poverty alleviation worldwide.
Agricultural research and universities have an important role in addressing and solving both food security and food safety. They should do this in collaboration with (inter)national (non-)governmental donor and policy-oriented organisations, with respect for local, regional and global socio-economic and cultural situations, legal conditions, markets and market mechanisms, limitations and opportunities, gender equity and the natural resource environment, in order to provide for sustainable solutions.