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The Unesco Chair in World Food Systemss was created in 2011 by Prof. Jean-Louis Rastoin (Montpellier SupAgro) with a multidisciplinary group of teachers and researchers from various institutions of Agropolis International. It has been labeled by UNESCO and received its main financial support from Agropolis Foundation and the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation.

These supports have enabled the launch of training programs, researches and science-society dialogues within an international scientific network, largely open to Africa, Asia and Latin America.

At the end of its first four years of activity, the Chair was again labeled by UNESCO in July 2015 for a second four-year period.

The Chair represents an open plateform of exchanges and experimentations to help invent and promote more sustainable food systems, especially in cities, with the conviction that food is much more than an economic sector. It also covers considerable challenges in terms of the environment, health, solidarity, the construction of identities and cultures, artistic practices, etc. Each of these functions corresponds to scientific disciplines that the Chair intends to decompartmentalize to develop a holistic approach to food.


  • Organize a reflexive dialogue between, on the one hand, the different scientific disciplines and, on the other hand, between scientists and the various actors of transition (public and local authorities, NGOs and associations, private sector, international expertise, foundations , etc.) often poorly connected to research. This dialogue makes it possible to connect the scientific community on societal issues and to support the actors of transition through research results

  • constitute a dialogue and transfer platform

  • Take action through a few experimental projects, co-built: « exemplary canteen » of Montpellier SupAgro; ISARD project of census and valorization of initiatives for a sustainable food; support for the agroecological and food policy of Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole

  • constitute a platform for experimentation and project editing

Modes of action

  • expertise
  • networking of actors
  • training
  • mobilization, rally
  • books, reviews publishing
  • documentaries, films, videos, animated films
  • development of teaching material
  • meetings, exchanges, assemblies
  • research, analysis
  • case studies, models and simulations

Target audience

  • students
  • researchers, scientists
  • public authorities, elected representatives, administrations
  • local authorities
  • NGO
  • associations
  • experts

Thematic areas

  • agriculture and food
  • governance
  • law and justice
  • economy
  • environment
  • local territory management
  • research and social innovation