Food resilient futures in the Dutch Caribbean

Startdatum1 mei 2023
Einddatum30 april 2025
RegelingPVG Thematische calls 2022
  • Natuur en Leefomgeving
  • Food
  • Plant
  • Landbouw, water en voedsel
  • Agro en Food
  • Sociale Studies
  • Duurzame productie van gezond en veilig voedsel
  • Jeugd in ontwikkeling, opvoeding en onderwijs
  • Sustainable Development Goals voor inclusieve mondiale ontwikkeling
  • Agri & Food
  • Duurzame landbouw-, water- en voedselvoorziening
  • Ondernemen: verantwoord en vernieuwend

In line with the ‘Natuur- en milieubeleidsplan Caribisch Nederland 2020-2030 (NMBP)’ the consortium intends with this research proposal to contribute to a prosperous society with a resilient population and healthy natural environment.
The Caribbean Netherlands are dealing with a situation where imported vegetables and fruits are mostly imported and hardly affordable. This leads to consuming unhealthy food and high obesities rates as a consequence. A lack of good agricultural practices with regard to water-smart and nature inclusive agriculture, as well as limited coping capacities to deal with hazards and climate change, results in very limited local production and interest.
Initiatives that focused only on agrotechnological solutions for food resilient futures turned out to be ineffective due to a lack of local ownership, which jeopardizes sustainability. Moreover, the ‘green’ and ‘blue’ domains are not seen as attractive career perspectives among youth, hampering a bright future for those domains.
The aim of this research is to contribute to water-smart and nature inclusive food resilience embedded in a local participatory perspective in the Caribbean Netherlands. To address the above challenges, a living lab approach is adopted, where youth will be trained as (co)-facilitators (WP1) who will contribute to a participatory envisioning process and an articulation of food resilient futures (WP2). Finally, based on the envisioning process local stakeholders will select and implement experiments for food resilient futures followed by dissemination of results among key stakeholders as well as children and youth at the BES
islands (WP3). This project strategy will lead to a network of a living lab where professionals and youth work together on food resilient futures. Training manuals and the results of experiments with regard to water and food system alternatives will be used actively to encourage youth to be involved in sustainable agriculture and consumption.


Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences

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