Our themes

ILVO's research vision defines 8 priority research themes. Together with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, these themes direct the research and investments made at ILVO.

Read our mission statement

Food and Health

ILVO helps ban malnutrition as well as an excessive food intake.

Role of animal production in society

ILVO researches possible future pathways for animal production.

Profitable and resilient food systems

ILVO offers tools and knowledge for better business models.

Farming and rural areas within an urbanized society

In the "Metropolis of Flanders" open space is within everyone's reach.

Bioeconomy and closed loops

ILVO werkt mee aan het uitbouwen van een circulaire bio-economie.

Precision agriculture and data technology

Precision agriculture and data technology

Healthy soil and crops

Sustainably produced plants and healthy soils go hand in hand.

Protein diversification

Protein diversification

Toward climate-smart agriculture and food production

Climate is a big challenge for agriculture, policy and research.

Marine production and marine environment

Marine production is becoming more important within the blue economy.

ILVO and the "5G" for agriculture and food

ILVO is gearing up its integrated research for agriculture, fisheries and food. In the new research strategy (still in development), our institute uses the term "5G" - five times "gezond" ("healthy") - to guide our research efforts for a healthy agriculture and food production system.

  1. Gezond (healthy) primary production (and catch)
  2. Gezond (healthy) food processing
  3. Gezond (healthy) socio-economic relationships
  4. Gezond (healthy) consumption patterns
  5. Gezond (healthy) environment